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Plenty of room to grow

Plenty of room to grow

People always say “laughter is the best medicine,” which is true, unless people are laughing at the expense of someone’s feelings. In today’s society, it is common to try to ease pain and discomfort by cracking a joke, but laughter should not have to be a defense mechanism. Last month, the hashtag “#BrownParts” blew up on Twitter. The hashtag served… Read more →

For the sake of education

For the sake of education

In the course of attending schools in Durham, I’ve become accustomed to African-Americans making up a majority of students in my classes. According to the latest census information, Durham County has a population that is 38.7 percent African-American, 13.5 percent Hispanic/Latino, 4.8 percent Asian and 1 percent Native American. Honestly, growing up I was never observant of skin color or… 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 →

Thaddeus Bennett: Fighting the stigma against spiders

Thaddeus Bennett: Fighting the stigma against spiders

    Spiders, salamanders, even cockroaches. Thaddeus Bennett has no problem reaching into a crate full of these creatures and holding one in his hand. “Cockroaches have these little things on the back of their body called cerci that check for changes in temperature and pressure,” Bennett says as he picks a Madagascar hissing cockroach out of a plastic container filled… Read more →

Academy creates Global Scholars in classroom and beyond

Academy creates Global Scholars in classroom and beyond

Global Scholars Academy is not your average school; while most schools teach Spanish as the required foreign language, this school offers Mandarin, which is the most spoken language in the world. The children are also involved in robust programs that most would not even find in a typical high school, such as biomedical engineering. Since its opening in 2009, Global… Read more →