HPU Student Volunteer Spends Summer Break Giving Back
High Point University junior Kristen Turner knew she was going to be on campus all summer taking classes, but instead of spending her free time at the pool, she decided to donate her time to the community.
Turner volunteered at the Macedonia Family Resources Center, an organization in High Point’s Macedonia neighborhood that focuses on initiatives such as neighborhood beautification and crime reduction.
“The purpose of this summer program I volunteered for was to educate young children in the community — particularly in the subjects of math and science — and to do so in a fun and safe learning environment,” says Turner.
She spent her time playing a variety of learning games with the children.
“For example, I would be the person in the word problem who had five apples and gave away two,” she says. “Or I would play with them or even against them in a game, and find ways to help them win by encouraging them to apply the skills they’d just learned.”
Turner, a member of the High Point University Campus Civitan Club, says she has been involved with the club since the Spring and had been looking for ways to get more involved in the local community.