HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 25, 2014 – High Point University welcomed students at Montlieu Academy of Technology back to school with a bang today. HPU cheerleaders greeted the elementary students as they entered the school on Monday, the first day back for Guilford County Schools, while the HPU pep band serenaded them with upbeat music and Prowler the Panther passed out lots of high fives.
Ged O’Donnell, principal at Montlieu, said the joy that the HPU performance brought the children is reflective of the constant fellowship that the school and university share.
“This is yet another example of the extraordinary partnership we have with High Point University,” says O’Donnell. “The HPU students truly inspired us today, and we couldn’t have asked for a better welcome as we get our students excited about the new school year.”
HPU regularly provides academic support and activities for the elementary students. In 2011, the university committed funds and resources to putting iPads into the hands of every student at Montlieu. The iPad Project connected faculty and education majors at HPU with students and teachers at Montlieu. In addition to the tablets, School of Education faculty and members of HPU’s IT Department provided training for Montlieu teachers and students to implement the technology in the classroom. A year later, $30 million in funding was granted to Guilford County Schools through the Race to the Top-District Program. The grant gave all middle school students in the district their own electronic tablets for learning.
Other partnerships have included hosting festivals and literacy nights and serving as Book Buddies.