HIGH POINT, N.C., April 18, 2014– It took less than a minute for local schoolchildren to clear out all 300 hidden eggs from West End Ministries’ fellowship hall during the third annual Easter egg hunt on April 15, made possible by students and staff from the Board of Stewards at High Point University.
The event was moved inside this year due to rain, but that didn’t stop the two dozen kids from having fun. After the egg hunt, children enjoyed cookies, cupcakes, face painting and more provided by HPU student members of the Board of Stewards. Madison Stanley, a second grader from Northwood Elementary, showed off a Disney princess temporary tattoo while her brother, fourth grader Bradley, got a tiger painted on his face.
HPU senior Rachel Downey has been volunteering with West End since her freshman year. “It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community,” she says while painting a butterfly on a young girl’s face. “I love working with the kids and hanging out with them.”
Junior Lexi Valentinas is also on the Board of Stewards. “As an elementary education major, I love getting involved with the kids outside of the classroom to see what they’re doing after school,” she says. “It’s really rewarding to get to work with them.”
As HPU’s Community Partner of the Year, West End Ministries provides a safe and supportive environment for local children, teenagers and adults through multiple activities and programs. For example, Northwood Elementary student Alexandra Rodriguez-Salazar has participated in West End’s Boys and Girls Club for over a year. “They help me with my homework after school,” she says, in between bites of her Easter candy, “and then we get to play with the Barbie dolls. That’s my favorite part.”
The HPU Board of Stewards is responsible for planning the campus’ Chapel worship services, including collecting and distributing the offerings. All the funds from the spring semester offerings go toward West End Ministries, enabling the stewards to host various events throughout the year such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Easter parties.
Shannon LeFever, manager of Chapel Programs at HPU, says the work that goes into planning and hosting events is all worth it to see the smiles on the children’s faces, adding, “and of course they love it when we bring candy!”