HIGH POINT, N.C., April 25, 2014 – The High Point University Service Learning Program and Student Government Association honored HPU students, faculty and community members for their volunteer service this year at the second annual “HPU SERVES Showcase.”
Students created and shared 67 posters to demonstrate the service they’ve completed this academic year at the event. The posters represented nearly half of the 100,000 hours of volunteer service the HPU community performs every year.
At the end of the evening, the following awards were given to recognize their recipients for exemplary service:
Excellent Service Poster: Bonner Leaders – The five Bonner Leaders served nearly 1,000 hours working as volunteer coordinators at the Macedonia Family Resource Center, where they provided homework help to children of refugee families, at West End Ministries and the HPU Community Writing Center.
Excellent Service Poster: Haiti Trip – During an alternative spring break trip led by HPU Minister Preston Davis, students developed relationships with the locals over dances and soccer matches, worked with students of the Cange English Learning Center and spent time on a garden in the Haitian Countryside that feeds 500 village people.
Outstanding Student Group of the Year: Diversity Club – Diversity Club members assisted with photographer Robert Fogarty’s “Dear World” session for students; hosted educator and poet Clint Smith as he spoke for the first annual Black Heritage Service; sponsored a salsa dancing class for the National Hispanic Heritage Month; and raised $850 to Open Door Ministries to feed 500 local residents for Thanksgiving.
Outstanding Student Group Project: Community Writing Center – HPU partnered with Christ United Methodist Church to create an after school writing center in High Point, N.C., that opened in September 2013. The Center strives to increase literacy among local elementary school and middle school students through one-on-one reading/writing development and homework help. Five Service Learning classes worked with the CWC this year, and nearly 100 HPU students got involved with the project.
Best Student-Driven Project: Protect a Heart of Gold – Senior Alexandra Love’s three-part project raised awareness about heart disease prevention. Love initiated a prevention pledge banner, designed and sold T-shirts and organized a masquerade ball fundraiser, raising an estimated total of $3,000 to benefit the American Heart Association.
Most Innovative Service Project: Kappa Sigma River Cleanup – Kappa Sigma (ΚΣ) “adopted” the stream on the High Point Greenway, between East Lexington Avenue and Terrell Drive, in late 2012. ΚΣ has since then led numerous efforts aimed at cleaning up the stream’s waters and banks, collecting more than 350 pounds of waste in the past two years.
Service Learning Professor of the Year: Daniel Hall – Dr. Daniel Hall’s ECO2050: Principles of Microeconomics service learning course led students in serving the homeless with Open Door Ministries; assisting with the High Point Crop Walk; building local homes through Habitat for Humanity; assisting at the Special Olympics Victory Dance; providing support at the John Coltrane Festival; and helping children make arts and crafts during High Point Museum’s “History Rocks!” event. Throughout the course, students studied the microeconomic effects of civil society.
Service Learning Student of the Year: Jennifer Swiger – Working with the Community Writing Center, Jennifer Swiger provided daily homework help and reading/writing activities to a local seven-year-old girl.
“Each week I could see that her confidence had greatly increased as she showed pure enthusiasm when wanting to read aloud,” says Swiger. “I am so pleased with my involvement in this program and am grateful to have made a new friend who also loves the color pink and mac ‘n’ cheese!”
Community Partner of the Year: West End Ministries – West End Ministries seeks to address both the immediate and long term needs of the local community, providing a safe and supportive environment for those who live, learn, work and worship in the West End of High Point. Bonner Leaders and other students worked to serve community meals, give direction to local high school seniors who are preparing for their senior year community service projects and provide a safe haven for homeless women.