Children

Kidznotes: Growing bigger and brighter in Durham

Kidznotes: Growing bigger and brighter in Durham

“Hands Up! Instruments Up!” Instructor Omar Ruiz-Lopez says to the group of young musicians. The section of Kidznotes waits expectantly for Ruiz-Lopez to raise his hands before raising their violins and playing the first note of the song of the day: “Fiddles on Fire.” Kidznotes, a free orchestral community program for children K-8 grade, is still growing, as students and… Read more →

Global Scholars Academy Gives Back

Global Scholars Academy Gives Back

In August the Global Scholars Academy had a field trip with select student to Chapel Hill to participate in the first UNC Orientation Team/Bike Building Workshop. Grades three through seven were given the opportunity to write an essay titled “Exploring the World on My New Bike”, and 30 Students – 15 boys and 15 girls – were then selected. The… Read more →

DHA hopes to revitalize Southeast Central Durham community

DHA hopes to revitalize Southeast Central Durham community

  By Jordan Bailey, UNC Staff Writer; and Amber Buford, NCCU Staff Writer The Durham Housing Authority hopes to receive some federal money for much needed renovations to low income housing communities next year. The federal Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) aims to provide neighborhoods across the United States with a portion of the funds needed to redevelop target areas. Alisha… Read more →

Pauli Murray Project aims to involve local youth in activism through poetry contest

Pauli Murray Project aims to involve local youth in activism through poetry contest

  Activist. Priest. Lawyer. Hero. The Rev. Pauli Murray was all that and more, but she is also known for her poetry, which lives on with the Pauli Murray Project’s Youth Prophecy Poetry Contest. In its third year, the contest gives youths, who are between 12 and 19 years old as well as residents of Durham, a chance to express… Read more →

Durham Police Athletic League brings schools together for basketball

Durham Police Athletic League brings schools together for basketball

  The police officers visiting the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club were not investigating stolen jewelry on Saturday, March 1. They were interested in a different kind of stealing: the kind that involves snatching a basketball from an opponent’s hands and taking it to the hoop. Master Officer Erwin Baker serves as a referee for the Durham Police Athletic… Read more →

Durham nonprofit makes early childhood count

Durham nonprofit makes early childhood count

When it comes to education, one East Durham nonprofit organization knows it’s important to start as early as possible. The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) assembled a team in January to make sure at-risk children in the neighborhood get a head start on learning. Ebonyse Mead, one of EDCI’s early childhood parent advocates, said a lot of children’s brain development happens… Read more →

EDCI helps make the holiday season bright

EDCI helps make the holiday season bright

The holiday season has officially begun at East Durham Children’s Initiative. They’re busy planning the second annual Holiday Zone – an event guaranteed to make many children in the community smile. This year, EDCI invited over 150 parents to come choose complimentary gifts for their children. Gifts are donated by local individuals and organizations, and include a variety of toys… Read more →