Children

Zumbathon fundraiser benefits Boys and Girls Club

Zumbathon fundraiser benefits Boys and Girls Club

“Are we going to have a good time?” repeated Paul Lewis, rallying the group of 40 who had gathered in the gym. The crowd cheered, louder this time, bouncing to shake off the cold and gear up for a Saturday afternoon of Zumba. The first Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Zumbathon was off to a start in the Boys and… Read more →

EDCI and LEAP launch preschool program

EDCI and LEAP launch preschool program

Steven Blalock knows the value of early childhood education, and he wants to make sure his 4-year-old son, Ja-Mar, is ready for kindergarten. “I just want him to be able to get the fundamentals, and what he’ll learn he’ll take with him,” Blalock said. With the opening of the preschool program, EDCI LEAP Academy, Ja-Mar is getting the chance to learn Spanish,… Read more →

East Durham Children's Initiative assists father figures with challenges

East Durham Children’s Initiative assists father figures with challenges

Wilson Garner, 52, didn’t expect to be raising his 11-year-old grandson, José, on his own. When he became the sole caretaker of José eight years ago, he was already retired due to health problems. “It took everything,” Garner said. “I wouldn’t have been able to work anyway, having José. He was going through it.” Such a situation is rare, however…. Read more →

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club hosts workshop with Durham Police Department

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club hosts workshop with Durham Police Department

With a warm smile, James Johnson reaches down for a handshake. “What did we learn?” he asks the young man. “Good! Eye contact.” At the Alston Avenue Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, where he serves as executive director, Johnson strives to create an atmosphere of mutual respect. He wants the children to feel valuable. Poverty, he says, is not… Read more →

SEEDS garden keeps urban chickens for education, fun

SEEDS garden keeps urban chickens for education, fun

Urban chicken keeping has become increasingly popular across the United States over the past 10 years, according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, and Durham’s non-profit garden SEEDS is taking part in the trend. Like the rest of what SEEDS (South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces) offers the community, the chickens give participants a fun, interactive educational experience. Garden Manager… Read more →

Marathon Walk Follow-Up  East Durham Trail Blazers walk 262 miles as part of health initiative

Marathon Walk Follow-Up East Durham Trail Blazers walk 262 miles as part of health initiative

The East Durham Trail Blazers—an exercise group formed by the East Durham Children’s Initiative to improve personal health and encourage community interaction—walked a total of 262 miles in less than six months, despite the heat, the cold and fatigue. EDCI challenged the group, composed entirely of local residents, to walk 26 miles in six weeks, using a 1-mile loop around… Read more →

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 →