Putting an end to bullying
Sixteen-year-old Mareya Sanders was a recent guest on TV Skywriter. She described what it’s like to bullying in school and gives great advice for young people who are trying to deal with it alone. Mareya also tells us about her quest to put an end to bullying and how you can help.
Free tutoring program
Project FINE* offers free one-on-one tutoring for students from kindergarten through college at the Lyon Park Community Center (1309 Halley St) on Saturdays from 10 to noon through May 26. Snacks are included. Call Elnora Shields at 919-688-7833 or DeWarren Langley at 919-937-2115 for more info.
* FINE stands for Future Is Now in Education.
Early Childhood Community Forum
Durham County is working with the Partnership for Children and Child Care Services Association to cohost an Early Childhood Community Forum on Saturday, March 10, 9am–noon, in the Durham County Health and Human Services Building (414 E Main St). Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and anyone else interested in this topic are encouraged to help Durham County leaders what the needs of young children are. Research has shown that early-learning experiences give young children a wonderful start and officials would like to figure out ways to help our youngsters. Click here to learn more from the Moms Rising website and to sign up for future updates.
Grants for schools (and parents)
Action for Healthy Kids wants to help improve the lives of students by providing funds for schools that can come up with good programming. There are three categories:
Applications must be submitted by the Friday, April 6 deadline, and award notifications will go out on Monday, May 14. Click here
for more info. Good luck!
Get a good head start with pre-kindergarten
Children can get a better start in school if they’re able to attend pre-kindergarten. To be considered, your child must have his or her 4th birthday by August 31 of this year. Challenges like health concerns or special needs, qualifying for financial assistance, and having English as a second language can also make it more imperative for parents to get their children into a pre-k program.
You can get the ball rolling by calling 919-314-6813 to set an appointment or by visiting a Durham County Head Start office on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 9:30am and 4pm. A family counselor can help you fill out the application (please note that Head Start offices will be closed March 14–16, March 27, and April 10–17).
Contact Nicole Gonzalez, pre-K program specialist with Durham’s Partnership for Children, at 919-403-6960 x226 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
If you’d like to move forward on your own click here to get the application, and see the flyer below, which gives more information and lists the paperwork you’ll need to bring in.
How are your problem-solving skills? Are you creative and enjoy finding new ways to do things? Learn to put together your problem-solving skills and creativity at the Builders Academy at the Walltown Park Rec Center (1308 W Club Blvd) on Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30pm through March 21. Work with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) concepts and take home your creations. This workshop series is for kids ages 5 to 12, and the cost is $12. Have your folks call 919-560-4355 to sign you up and to get more info.
Class Size Chaos
It’s required for North Carolina schools (by the NC General Assembly) to reduce the number of students in classes from kindergarten to 3rd grade. The problem is, they didn’t provide the funds that are needed to create additional classes to accommodate all of the kids. Now, schools are faced with the possibility of laying off teachers of art, music, PE (gym), STEM, drama, and foreign languages as soon as March or April. The North Carolina Justice Justice Center encourage everyone who can, to write to their State Representatives and Senators to making funding available now, because things can get worse next year. Click here for more info and to get the email addresses for your part in the battle against what’s being called Class Size Chaos.
Free college-level courses
Keep your skills sharp and have fun learning new things over your summer vacation. edX is an online source for finding classes offered by renowned colleges and universities from around the world that you can take for free. Some courses start on specific dates and others are totally self-paced. Most require that you dedicate a few hours per week to the course, and although work is involved, you don’t have to worry about finals and term papers. Here are some upcoming courses; click here to explore the site and look for classes on subjects you’re interested in.
Arabic classes for k–6
Arabic Classes are being offered on Saturdays from 6 to 7:30pm at Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman’s Fayetteville St masjid (3034 Fayetteville St). These classes are for young people from kindergarten through 6th grade. Call 919-394-7336 or write to email@example.com for more info.