HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 24, 2015 – Montlieu Academy of Technology students received a welcome-back-to-school rally like no other today from the High Point University cheerleaders, Prowler the Panther and Pep Band. As the students arrived for the first day of the new school year, the HPU cheerleaders and Prowler welcomed students with a round of applause, high fives and hugs, while the Pep Band played upbeat music to offer an inspirational start to the day.
“It is really rewarding to see the smiling faces of all the students as they walk in for their first day,” says HPU student Nicole Straley. “Every high five and hug that I receive makes me even more proud to be an HPU student and cheerleader.”
HPU has a long-standing tradition of supporting Montlieu Academy. In 2011, HPU 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. This is the second consecutive year HPU has welcomed the students back to school.
“We are so blessed to have this wonderful partnership with HPU,” says Montlieu principal Kim Scott. “As an HPU graduate, I want to instill in our students early on how important college is. Our goal is to make our students career ready, and at Montlieu, we believe that starts in kindergarten.”
HPU holds numerous events for Montlieu Academy students throughout the year, such as the Fall and Spring Carnival for students who work hard in the classroom, tree planting for N.C. Arbor Day, Book Buddies, the Reading Institute and LEGO days.