Google Fiber meets Play-Doh at museum’s Engineer’s Day

By Homer Fennell

December 1, 2016

  At this year’s Engineer’s Day at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, Google Fiber used Play-Doh to engage children and teach them about circuits. The event, held on Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and sponsored by IBM and Cisco, featured many companies showing off the technology and creativity that […]

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Black Lives Matter: Shawna Williams says that is what started it all

By Kayla Jones

November 15, 2016

Black Lives Matter. Shawna Williams says that is what started it all “As a retired educator,” she explains, “I believe that education is the first step in showing our children that black lives matter, that their lives matter.” So, she started the Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ Tutorial Program two years ago on a […]

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Bull City Schools United wants equity for all students

By Jordan Wilkie

November 9, 2016

  Bull City Schools United, a new advocacy group focused on making Durham Public Schools more race, gender and LGBTQ-inclusive, got its start from three angry teachers in a car. After attending a roundtable discussion hosted by Durham People’s Alliance on LGBTQ issues in schools in February, Matt Hickson, Cheyenne Solorio and Jacqui Batts got to […]

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WTVD brings science literacy into homes

By Veronika Payne

October 23, 2016

  From a how-to on creating stained glass sugar to slime erosions, WTVD ABC 11 and BASF, a Research Triangle Park chemical company, is bringing home science experiments as a community service initiative to enlighten kids. Launched last September as collaboration between WTVD and BASF, the program called “Science Club” produces 90-second segments that help […]

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Hillside High I.B. Programme: Preparing students for college and beyond

By Rob Gourley

October 5, 2016

  There is a magnet program at Hillside High School that nearly guarantees its students will go to college, according to the program’s coordinator. The International Baccalaureate Programme, or I.B., at Hillside High School uses a college prep curriculum taught at schools all over the world. And Diploma Programme Coordinator Euba McKoy says 100 percent […]

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First VOICE teen editor continues community advocacy

By Rachel Herzog and Brenna Elmore

  Zenzele Barnes still remembers the excitement she felt when the first paper issue of the Durham VOICE was printed in February 2010. She remembers chatting with the school secretary while waiting for new copies of each issue to be delivered to the front office of Jordan High School. She remembers putting the new copies […]

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DLC ‘leaves table wide open’ for students’ future

By Riley Turner

  Christopher’s last name sounds like the word “contour” but is spelled “Couture.”  The brown-haired 22-year-old, clad in slacks and a deep blue button-down, smiled and looked away shyly as he explained the difficulty people have over spelling his last name. Couture is a student at the Durham Literacy Center (DLC) and has been a […]

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A day in The life of your child at Eastway Elementary

By Travon Wallace

September 22, 2016

  The hallway is filled with chatter as students and their families poured into the building, on Thursday, September 15, Eastway Elementary School hosted its annual Parents Night out. “This night is a way for parents to come into the building after school has started to meet with their child’s teacher and to get a […]

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KIPP Durham cuts the ribbon on new school

By Dillon Deaton and Homer Fennell

  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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EDCI’s growth shows with new office building

By Noah Grant and Elise Holsonback

September 21, 2016

Inside Angier Avenue Baptist Church, Lauren Stephenson, development manager for the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI), painted over the bright blue walls diligently, priming them for new colors to come. The church now houses EDCI, which moved into the space about two months ago. The initiative, along with partner groups, works as a cradle-to-college program, […]

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