Education

High school voices join the chorus

High school voices join the chorus

  Editor’s note: A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk story ideas with Hillside High students. There I spoke with a student driven to write a story worthy of publication in her school newspaper. I wanted to see the student’s story in the Hillside Chronicle as well, but also wanted to see more high school students’ work in The… Read more →

Is there a divide in college readiness?

Is there a divide in college readiness?

It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I realized college was a thing. As a first-generation Vietnamese-American student, I did not grow up with a family instilling in me the hopes to be a Tar Heel born, bred and dead. I didn’t think about post-high school plans, didn’t watch Gilmore Girls and didn’t have plans for college…. 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 →

Lyon leaves message for Hillside

Lyon leaves message for Hillside

In the four years Justine Lyon has played basketball at Hillside High School, she has scored more than 1,000 points, captained the Lady Hornets and earned a 3-star rating from ESPN scouts—all while keeping a GPA above 4.0. Not too shabby. But after this season, Lyon will be gone and off to college. Playing her last regular season home game… 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 →

Durham dives into education discussion

Durham dives into education discussion

Every child is a sponge seeking knowledge, whether that is in a classroom or not. “You’re expected to come to work with an unbiased mind and teach a classroom full of sponges because children are just sponges. SO that in itself is an issue,” said Heather Lee, 30 year old member of Durham. The Kettering Foundation held a public forum,… 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 →

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 →