HPU Family Celebrates Earth Day 2018

Students had the opportunity to learn about the sun and view it though a specialized telescope.

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 18, 2018 – The High Point University family celebrated Earth Day today with local companies and wildlife organizations in the Cottrell Amphitheater.

Students tasted cold-pressed juice, fed animals at the petting zoo, learned about how to care for succulent plants and enjoyed roasted corn.

Local vendors including Kyookz’s Pickles, Big Boss Bakery and Carolina Corn Roasters. Each provided samples and discussed their products with students.

Hosted by the HPU Green Team, the Earth Day Celebration also included opportunities for environmental education such as learning the importance of bees in the environment and seeing the sun through a telescope. 

Xena Strench spoke with the beekeeper at Bixby Honey Farm booth. She watched the bees in action, sampled the honey and asked plenty of questions. 

“I think it’s really important that HPU celebrates Earth Day,” says Strench. “I think it’s great that HPU supports recycling at locations like the Cafe and across campus as well. I try to live zero waste, and it’s great that the university cares about protecting the environment.”

Lindsay Lyke, Julia Trautman and Mikaela Seemann sat atop the Cottrell Amphitheater eating corn on the cob. They were enjoying the sunny weather and getting to sample products offered by companies at the event.

“I have enjoyed getting to talk to local vendors and learn about events that are happening in High Point,” says Seemann.

Lavinia Hensley, her husband, Rodney, and son, Hunter, of the Big Boss Baking Company have been coming to the Earth Day Celebration for nearly six years. Each year, students remember their company and stop by to get some of their famous granola. Their family business, based in High Point sells granola and more online.

“We look forward to coming out each year,” says Rodney Hensley. “I love getting to meet the students, and they always ask great questions.”

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