Psychology Students Apply Lessons of Giving Outside of the Classroom

Lizzie O'Brien and Emily Meoli while they work on their cards.
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Meredith Miller and Ally-Catherine Trenary show off their thank you cards to U.S. service members.

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 30, 2013 – High Point University psychology students put what they learn in the classroom into action. Students in Dr. Sadie Leder’s Introduction to Psychology class collected supplies for local elementary school classrooms and created thank you cards for members of the U.S. military, just in time for Memorial Day.

Leder, assistant professor of psychology and associate director of HPU’s Survey Research Center, says the projects allowed her students to put the lessons they’ve learned about the psychological principals of pro-social behavior into practice.

“This is always one of my and my students’ favorite parts of the semester,” says Leder. “Not only are students able to immerse themselves in a meaningful experiential learning opportunity, they are empowered by the difference that they can make on others.”

The students collected numerous classroom supplies, including notebooks, paper, pencils and crayons for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students enrolled in Parkview Elementary School, and crafted thank you cards to express their gratitude to our country’s servicemen and women stationed around the globe.

Lizzie O'Brien and Emily Meoli while they work on their cards.

Lizzie O’Brien and Emily Meoli while they work on their cards.

The projects have become an annual tradition for the class. In the past, Leder’s Introductory Psychology students have participated in a number of other activities to enrich both our local High Point community and the lives of others outside of the triad, including sending care-packages to the victims of Hurricane Sandy and over 1,000 cards to U.S. troops.

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