Excitement filled the air as students Kayla Mejia and Montreal Robinson cut the ribbon dedicating Kipp Durham College Prep last Friday, Sept. 16. From left to right around the students, Minnie Forte-Brown, Tammi Sutton, Dan Levine, Phail Wynn, Curtis Wynn, Cora Cole-McFadden, and Johnson Akinleye. (Staff photo by Dillon Deaton)

KIPP Durham cuts the ribbon on new school

  Friday was a day of celebration, a ribbon-cutting ceremony inaugurated KIPP Durham College Prep’s new home at 1107 Holloway Street.  School leaders and members of the community spoke about the great promise and potential the public school brings to Durham. The ceremony began with the KIPP Pride High School Marching Band performing. The budding […]

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SEEDS embraces changes for new year

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Students with part-time jobs still lack sleep with new bell schedule

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VOICE kicks off new semester with site visit

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