HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 23, 2019 – Today, High Point University’s Class of 2023 began their week donating more than 1,000 books to area schools.
As part of HPU’s Welcome Week, new students were invited to share their favorite book with a local child by donating a copy when they arrived to campus for the start of the fall semester. The books began being distributed today at Montlieu Academy of Technology, Welborn Academy of Science and Technology and Kirkman Park Elementary.
“Our first-year students provide the enrichment of a book for the greater community as one of their first acts as a freshman in college,” said Gail Tuttle, senior vice president of Student Life at HPU. “It is amazing that this is all voluntary, and yet, they immediately embrace the values of their new university which include giving back and providing joy to recipients of the books. We love this project, the ability to provide the books that our freshmen loved as a child, and seeing the hope and inspiration on the students’ faces.”
“It’s always like Christmas morning,” says Kimberly Scott, principal of Montlieu Academy of Technology and HPU alumna. “We are so excited to have this opportunity because we are always working tremendously hard to make sure our kids develop a love and passion for reading, and this is what this moment is all about. To be able to see our community partnering with us once again, like HPU always does, makes it that much more meaningful for us.”
HPU student Christina Robinson, an elementary education major from Haymarket, Virginia, read a Dr. Seuss book to Jonathan Carter, a student at Montlieu Academy of Technology.
“It’s amazing to see their eyes light up and to give them the opportunity to read,” said Robinson. “It warms my heart and encourages me to continue to do great things. HPU teaches you a small act can turn into something big. This will benefit these students in the future. I’m happy to be a part of HPU, and it encourages me to continue my journey to be a teacher.”
The book delivery will continue on Wednesday at Oak Hill Elementary, Fairview Elementary and Northwood Elementary.