HPU English Professors Secure $23,000 Grant For the Community Writing Center

The grant will provide remote tutoring and writing activities for community children in response to the global pandemic.

Dr. Cara Kozma, associate professor of English at HPU.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 21, 2020 – Dr. Cara Kozma, associate professor of English, and Dr. Lynne Murray, instructor of English, at High Point University, recently collaborated with Rev. Frank Thomas, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, to secure a $23,000 grant for the Community Writing Center. The center is operated by HPU faculty and service learning students, and housed at the church in the city of High Point.

The High Point Community Foundation awarded the grant to the Community Writing Center to fund the development of a remote service learning tutoring program in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The grant will help local children connect with HPU service learning students and Bonner Leaders remotely for writing activities and tutoring at least three days a week. The grant will provide funds to develop the infrastructure for remote tutoring and support to local children who may have struggled to complete remote assignments last spring. It covers technology, food, supplies and a technology intern.

Dr. Lynne Murray, instructor of English at HPU.

“We are thankful to have the opportunity to continue our programming remotely this fall,” says Kozma. “It is especially vital with Guilford County Schools being remote for at least the first nine weeks. In March, the CWC unexpectedly had to suspend programming when the governor announced that schools would close due to COVID-19. This grant will allow us to continue the important work of connecting our HPU service learning students and Bonner Leaders with local children who need or desire our support.”

“The CWC’s writing program not only fosters human connections between young people in the community and HPU service learning students, it also empowers young people to use their voices and be heard,” says Murray. “The COVID-19 pandemic has increased feelings of isolation, and this grant will provide remote connectivity between students that will foster relationships that cross physical distance.”

The anticipated start date of this programming is Monday, Sept. 7.






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