HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 17, 2012 – Students at High Point University recently tested their holiday decorating skills by participating in the annual “Hallidazzle” competition, an event hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Inter-Residence Council that benefits United Way charities.
The winner of the competition – The Village – received a check for $500 for their “Feliz Navidad” theme; the money was donated to the Latino Family Center of Greater High Point.
“We chose this organization thanks to one of the resident assistants, Morgan Falls, who spent a semester at the Latino Family Center as part of a service learning practicum,” says Jenna Liew, resident director at HPU. “She had great things to say about the LFC and how it is really making a difference for families in High Point by serving Latinos with information, referrals, services and programs that help promote social efficacy, integration and connections.”
Residents of The Village took various elements of Latin America and incorporated them into the design, such as a Guatemalan huipil, a traditional Latin American garment which was used to dress a giant snowman; Mexican cookies and hot chocolate were placed under the Christmas tree; and a poinsettia that helped tell the story of the “Legend of the Poinsettia.”
“And because various Latin American countries have ‘Festival of Lights’ events, we decorated the windows and plants with as many lights as possible,” Liew says. “The end result was festive and colorful, and our residents had a wonderful time getting into the spirit of the season with this fun, but meaningful project.”