HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 21, 2013 – Some local elementary students wrapped up their first semester at High Point University today.
The students from Florence Elementary and Montlieu Academy of Technology are all members of HPU’s “Book Buddy” program. Since the beginning of the school year, 54 HPU education majors have visited their book buddy once a week to encourage and facilitate reading in a one-on-one setting.
Today, the elementary students were treated with a visit to HPU to spend some quality time with their HPU book buddy outside of school. Their principals, Ged O’Donnell and Teddy Wohlgemuth, each read a story to the group before they broke off to read their own books and explore the campus.
“Today is exciting for both of us,” said HPU senior Stephanie Boles, who was reading with her book buddy, Jordan. “We’ve created a good connection over the year and it’s nice to get to spend time together today. Jordan is in kindergarten, so it’s been really nice to work on the process of reading with him this year.”
“Our relationship with HPU has been incredible,” said Ged O’Donnell, principal of Montlieu Academy. “We ask students what they want to do, and they say they want to go to college. We ask them where they want to go to college, and they say High Point University. It is programs like this that plant that seed in them.”
The book buddy pairs will continue to meet next semester, as the HPU students work with their buddies to take their reading to the next level.