Education

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 →

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 →

A new kind of trick-or-treating

A new kind of trick-or-treating

Looking for a new way to trick-or-treat? This Halloween, join your neighbors in East Durham for Trunk or Treat – a community-wide celebration that combines traditional trick-or-treating with book giveaways. The event is hosted at the office of East Durham Children’s Initiative, and is facilitated by Communities in Partnership and Old East Durham. “Communities in Partnership is like a grassroots… Read more →

School Safety at Maureen Joy Charter School

School Safety at Maureen Joy Charter School

December 16, 2012, is a date many in Connecticut and across the nation will never forget.  A gunman walked into an elementary school and killed 26 people. Twenty of the victims were children. Since then, 14 other schools across the nation have had shootings, including one in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. So what is the newest school in Northeast Central Durham… Read more →

La Voz of Lakewood YMCA reaches out to growing Hispanic community

La Voz of Lakewood YMCA reaches out to growing Hispanic community

¿Hablas español? The staff and members of the Lakewood YMCA in Durham want the community to know they do. The La Voz (The Voice) Spanish-speaking Advisory Committee aims to address the needs of the Latino community in the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the greater city of Durham. The idea for the committee began as part of a project design initiative… Read more →

Y.E. Smith students take D.C.

Y.E. Smith students take D.C.

As Donald visited a Wright brothers exhibit, he made an important realization. Donald, a fifth-grader at Y.E. Smith Elementary School, learned the Wright brothers invented a lot of things before finally making the world’s first successful airplane. The exhibit quickly became his favorite part of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Samantha Cole knows this because she… Read more →