Written by: Tessa Platek

Lowe’s Grove teaches Durham how to take action on clean water

By Tessa Platek

March 29, 2018

The middle school boy arrived from baseball practice to just in time to join the Lowe’s Grove pep band in opening the Creek Week event with their own rendition of “Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz. This song, along with a cheery performance by the pep band of “People Make the World Go Round,” provided a […]

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Durham’s new trail will add color and connect communities

By Tessa Platek

February 28, 2018

In busy urban areas, sometimes there’s nothing better than escaping the city to enjoy nature. An addition to the West Ellerbee Creek Trail is making it easier to do for more of Durham’s residents. “It’s going to connect people to parts of Durham they haven’t seen before,” said Jessica Kemp, Durham senior project manager in […]

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Famous social activist Ruby Sales gives powerful speech at NCCU

By Tessa Platek, Maddie Marshall and Tenley Garrett

February 14, 2018

“Wade in the water Wade in the water, children, Wade in the water God’s gonna trouble the water.” The negro spiritual “Wade in the Water” was lifted up in unison by the crowd gathered in the B.N. Duke Auditorium at North Carolina Central University. An older black woman sat center stage, singing the hymn along […]

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Scrap Exchange expands from renovating materials to renovating communities

By Tessa Platek

January 31, 2018

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” may seem like the perfect slogan, but it falls short of what the Scrap Exchange actually does. The Scrap Exchange takes one man’s trash and spins it into treasure for the whole community. The Scrap Exchange has been reducing waste and fostering creative visions since its opening in […]

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