Physical education (PE) survey
Physical education (PE) programs vary from school to school, and many parents feel that their kids aren’t given enough opportunities to exercise and let off steam. Physical education is actually an essential part of students’ well-being and can lead to better concentration (and ideally better grades). MomsRising is asking parents/grandparents/guardians to fill out the NC Alliance for Health’s Physical Education Survey. Tell them about your child’s experience with PE, and at the same time, enter into a competition where the winner is awarded PE equipment for the school of his or her choice.
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.
Wednesday, May 16 will be a huge day in the history of public school education throughout North Carolina. Teachers have chosen that day to “walk out,” with many traveling to Raleigh to air their concerns with the North Carolina General Assembly (ideally at 2pm in Halifax Mall). Schools will be closed in many school districts, including Durham. Here is a list of the prevailing concerns:
Durhamites are asked to wear red on May 16 to show solidarity with teachers in their efforts to improve public school education.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.