Melanie Johnson


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KidZNotes music program changes young students' lives

KidZNotes music program changes young students’ lives

By Melanie Johnson Durham VOICE Staff Writer While watching a 2008 “60 Minutes” special on El Sistema, a system of youth orchestras created in Venezuela to combat child poverty, Lucia Powe had an idea: “Let’s bring this to Durham.” Powe was 77 years old at the time. But that didn’t stop her. “I turned to my husband and said, ‘Wouldn’t… Read more →

'An Evening of Entertainment' to showcase Durham youth

‘An Evening of Entertainment’ to showcase Durham youth

For one night only, nearly 600 Durham public school children will occupy the stage of the Durham Performing Arts Center. At 7 p.m. on Feb. 21, elementary, middle and high school students from across the district be featured in “An Evening of Entertainment,” a fundraiser for the Durham Public Schools Scholarship Foundation. The event, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this… Read more →