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

By Heng Su and Rob Gourley

  High schools in the Durham Public School System now start and end about an hour and a half later, leaving some students with little time for after-school jobs and activities. In August 2015, after a decade of deliberation and research, DPS voted to switch the elementary school and high school bell schedules, in order […]

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Coach Harrison: little things matter

By Christian Phillips

  Any sports team that is competitive every season can usually trace its success back to a single person. That person is responsible for creating a winning culture that is bigger than any individual. For the Hillside High School football program, that person is Ray Harrison, and after eight years of coaching high school football […]

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VOICE kicks off new semester with site visit

By jock

The fall 2016 Durham VOICE kicked off its eighth year with its traditional Durham community orientation tour and site visit, Sat., Sept. 10. With the slogan of “Our Community. Our Times, Our Voices,” the Durham VOICE is a collaborative effort between the journalism program at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. Central University. Launched in September 2009, […]

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Six teens, five days, two papers and one island

By jock

September 15, 2016

  Editor’s note:  The Durham VOICE and the Durham NGO Partners for Youth Opportunity teamed up this summer with the Ocracoke Observer to bring six Durham high school student interns to the Outer Banks island to spend the better part of a week learning about island culture and documenting the stories of some of the […]

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