Education

Take your community heart wherever you go

By Jock Lauterer

December 6, 2017

  Editor’s Note: Lu Xu is a 10-year veteran Chinese broadcast journalist who, for the last two years, has been studying communications at the UNC-CH School of Media and Journalism, where she is a visiting international scholar. In her final semester at Chapel Hill, she joined the MEJO 459 “Community Journalism” class and became a […]

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Rod’s Redirection

By Daija Graves

  The principal of Pearsontown Elementary made a decision during his undergrad college studies that would change the course of his life and career forever. Rodriguez Teal, originally from Bennettsville, S.C., pursued his undergraduate education at N. C. Central University, graduating in 1986. At NCCU, he majored in public administration and studied vigorously for the […]

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Teacher by day, rapper by night

By Autavius Smith and Daija Graves

  Durham Public Schools kindergarten teacher Antonio Cowart sticks to his morals even when not around his students. After working for a moving company for a short time, the bubbly 27-year-old found his voice in rapping by using age-appropriate lyrics for children. Most people who hear his music consider him a “Christian rapper.” However, Cowart […]

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Global Scholars preparing to step up

By Keynari Brown

November 29, 2017

  The transition from middle school to high school can be a heavy load for teenagers everywhere. A sudden thrust into a different environment with new surroundings, more freedom, and a faster-paced curriculum are just some of the few things that these adolescents have to deal with. Faculty and staff at Global Scholars Academy in […]

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Girls who code grows program to build success

By Beth Clifford

November 26, 2017

At 9 a.m. on every first and third Saturday of the month, a classroom opens at the Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park to the students of Girls Who Code. On Nov. 18, eight middle schoolers ages 11 to 14 marched in, and during the next three hours the girls generated their […]

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Durham Tech aims to ‘close the gap’ in community healthcare

By Allison Tate

How many of the students here are in this for the money, asks instructor Erica Hall. No hands rise. Hall looks out at the class, about a dozen faces, and tells them that what they’re learning to do won’t be about the fame either. Becoming a community health worker is all about helping your neighbors […]

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Durham nutrition programs stand to lose with proposed tax plan

By Sarah Cline

November 23, 2017

Durham food security may take a blow due to policy changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Community members, policymakers, and experts met last Thursday in Durham to discuss the federal policy changes and outcomes. The meeting, entitled, “Can SNAP End Hunger? A forum on food justice,” was held at Westminster Presbyterian Church […]

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DCRC teaches teens about dating violence

By Keynari Brown

November 13, 2017

  “Just because we don’t like it and don’t talk about it, doesn’t mean it’s going to go away.” These are the blunt yet all too truthful words of Auriela Sands Belle, the Executive Director for the Durham Crisis Response Center in Durham, North Carolina. This quote came during a domestic violence forum held at […]

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STEM Fall Festival brings experiments to students and families

By Nile Foxx

November 8, 2017

The gym at R N Harris Elementary was bustling with activity on a recent Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of families came to participate in the STEM + Families: Community Family Fall Festival. The event on Oct. 28 was a partnership of Durham Council of PTAs and Bayer Corporation, and was made possible through a National PTA […]

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Hayti offers classes and rental opportunities

By Daija Graves

October 26, 2017

The Hayti Heritage Center is a Durham landmark – one of few remaining buildings from Durham’s Hayti District. As a cultural arts education center, it has been offering events and activities since 1975. What many people may not know is that they also rent their facilities to host community initiated classes, weddings, dances, and anything […]

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Aspiring young entrepreneur talks scholarship searches

By Qaadir McFadden

October 24, 2017

Nandi Reed-Bandele is a Durham native currently studying business at Bennett College in Greensboro. Partly because of her business-sense, Reed-Bandele recently received the 2017 UNCF/Koch Scholarship from the Koch Foundation. Beginning in 2014, through a $25 million grant, Koch Industries, Inc. started granting the scholarships to scholar entrepreneurs who have a love of innovation, challenging […]

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Chuck Stone diversity program impactful

By Nafisa Shah

This summer I had the opportunity to attend the Chuck Stone program at UNC-Chapel Hill. The program was started in 2007 for seniors in high school and honors the legacy of Professor Emeritus Charles “Chuck” Stone. Stone was a Tuskegee Airman during World War II and a prominent journalist. The experience taught me more about […]

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The new face of Durham schools: Dr. Pascal Mubenga

By Nile Foxx

October 18, 2017

The Durham board of education named Dr. Pascal Mubenga as the new superintendent in a brief meeting on Monday night. Mubenga was signed to a four-year contract with an annual salary of $222,500. He is expected to start around Thanksgiving. Mubenga will take the place of Dr. Bert L’Homme, who surprised the board by announcing […]

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Woods-Weeks leads students and teachers to success

By Chrissy Murphy

When Gloria Woods-Weeks was a student at Northern High School in Durham, she knew one day she wanted to serve others. Now, as principal at J. D. Clement Early College High School, that dream has been realized and she is hoping to help students and teachers achieve their own dreams. As a first-generation college student, […]

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Collective Wellness offers classes to support health journey

By Tiayana Ford

October 4, 2017

  On a recent Wednesday, a small group of women took a break from the demands of the outside world to focus on themselves at Collective Wellness in Durham. The free Wednesday workshop, this particular week, focused on reflecting on individual values, beliefs and language to live one’s best life. Each week there is a […]

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NCCU School of Law hosts series to educate community on rights

By Beth Clifford

North Carolina Central University School of Law held a panel on special education student rights titled “Educational Plans in the North Carolina School System.” The panel, held last Wednesday Oct. 20, was one of many that they will be hosting as a part of their Virtual Justice Project, which aims to address the under-representation of […]

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Ribbon cutting for new pre-K classrooms at historic Whitted School

By Justin Laidlaw

September 21, 2017

  Minnie Forte-Brown and Cora Cole-McFadden have a storied history here in Durham. Both are alumni of the former Whitted Junior High School where they now sat, sharing a laugh as they tripped down memory lane alongside an enthusiastic group of city and county officials, school board members, and others during the ribbon cutting and […]

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Durham nonprofit eases financial burden placed on teachers

By Nile Foxx

  When Sarai Chandler walked into her new classroom for the first time, she was greeted with empty desks and bare walls. This is the plight faced by many new teachers in Durham Public Schools, where one often must purchase his or her own school supplies. This burden falls particularly hard on new teachers in […]

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Hillside, New Tech high schools manage large enrollments after Kestrel Heights closure

By Beth Clifford

September 20, 2017

  The state-of-the-art building that houses Hillside High School and Hillside New Tech High School is experiencing a significant enrollment increase this academic year. The building, which was built for 1,500 students, now is opening its doors every morning to almost 1,700. This year, large freshman classes and individual transfer students have pushed the building’s […]

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SEEDlings nurturing the next generation

By Vanessa Luo

How did the meal start? Where did it come from? For many, these are not questions that would cross people’s minds before a meal. But it’s the norm for the children at SEEDlings. In front of them are scrambled eggs and fried rice with eggplant, topped with mint, basil and marigold. The children helped cook […]

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