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First-generation college/university-bound students are invited to attend Student U’s New Student Information Session on Monday, November 7, 6:15pm. Learn about Student U’s programs and services that are set up to help support novice college students and their families as they achieve higher-level education. Applications are available now and should be submitted by the Friday, November 25 deadline. Visit their website for more info.


First Calvary Baptist Church and the West End Community Foundation’s free Project FINE Tutorial & Remediation Program is underway and ready to help students (kindergarten through college) with one-to-one tutoring and remediation assistance. Snacks will be provided. Study sessions will be held 10am to noon at the Lyon Park Recreation Center (1309 Halley St) on Saturdays, November 5, 19, and December 3, 10, and 17. Contact Elnora Shields at 919-688-7833 or, or DeWarren Langley at 919-886-5240 or to set up your child’s study session.

  • Riverside High School PTA (3218 Rose of Sharon Rd, in the Media Center)—Tuesday, November 1, 6:30pm

  • Little River K8 School PTO (2315 Snow Hill Rd, in the Media Center)—Monday, November 7, 6pm; they’ll have a recap of the GoPlaySave, book fair, and silent auction fundraisers and will be sharing/brainstorming ideas for upcoming events

  • Lyon Farms Elementary PTA—PTA Office Hours are Tuesdays, November 8, 15, and 29, 3–4:30pm, at Bean Traders Coffee (9105 W Hwy 54). Visit the Lyons Farm PTA Facebook page to see fundraising projects and ways to connect. (The school’s address is 906 Scott King Rd.) 


The Durham Public Schools Showcase of Schools will be held at the Durham Convention Center (301 W Morgan St) on Saturday, November 19, 10am–1pm. Meet DPS staff and learn about educational options, including magnet schools and CTE (Career Technology Education) Pathways. Enjoy student performances representing the various DPS Arts programs and take home books given away by the Book Harvest. Park for free in the Durham Center parking deck or click here  for more parking options. If you can’t attend in person, feel free to click here and explore the DPS Showcase of Schools Virtual Tour and School Information Hub.


Empowered Minds Academy (311 Oakwood Ave) will hold an Open House on Saturday, November 19, 10:30am–noon. Learn about the mission, philosophy, and beliefs about this school that offers the authentic Montessori model (for ages 4–6) and the Learner-Driven Environment (for ages 7–10). Click here to visit the website and learn more about the school.


The DPS (Durham Public Schools) Foundation will host a WHOLE-istic Wellness Fair / Féria de Bienestar y Salud Integral at Southern High School (800 Clayton Rd) on Saturday, November 19, noon–5pm. Attend educational sessions about the spectrum of mental health, exploring topics including social-emotional learning and the basics of trauma. They’ll also have wellness sessions filled with laughter and relaxation; childcare, refreshments, and a raffle for a $100 gift card. This is a bilingual English/Spanish event. Click here for more info and to get your free ticket.

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Durham Public Schools’ DPS Family Academy will start up again when school starts. Speakers provide helpful information and tips for parents/grands/caregivers of DPS students to help them thrive in the school environment. Follow the DPS Family Academy on Facebook.

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