DPS providing meals
Durham Public Schools announces that the popular summertime No Kid Hungry NC program will be reopened to provide meals for young people during the COVID-19 crisis. Sixty-seven venues have been chosen, where students up to age 18 can pick up instructional materials, a bag lunch, and bag snack. Homeschooled and religious and other specialty schools are eligible for this program and can also pick up instructional materials when they announce their grade levels when receiving their meals. You can text “FOODNC” to 877877 and receive a message listing the closest location (or simply see the list below). This program is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Here are the “Grab and Go” school sites, where students can pick up instructional materials, bagged meals (lunch and a snack) from 11am to noon:
Bethesda Elementary • RN Harris Elementary • Parkwood Elementary • Shepard Middle • Hillside High • Githens Middle • Southwest Elementary • Lakewood Middle • Eno Valley Elementary • Eastway Elementary • Glenn Elementary • Sandy Ridge Elementary • Hillandale Elementary • Brogden Middle • Club Blvd Elementary • Southern High • YE Smith Elementary.
And here are the mobile sites where students can pick up bagged meals (lunch and a snack) from special designated school buses from 11am to noon (unless otherwise noted):
McDougald Terrace Apartments (DHA) • TA Grady Recreation Center • Falls Pointe Apartments • Forest Glen Apartments • Greens of Pine Glen Apartments • Lyon Park Recreation Center • Hillside Park (behind WD Hill Recreation Center) • Cornwallis Road Apartments (DHA) • Colonial Apartments • Oak Creek Village Apartments • The Mews Apartments • South Point Apartments • South Square Townhomes • Durham Rescue Mission • KIPP Charter School • Maureen Joy Charter School • Global Scholars Academy • Holton Career & Resource Center • Juniper Square Apartments (noon–12:45pm) • Liberty Street Apartments (DHA) • Club Blvd (DHA) • Oxford Manor (DHA) • Seven Oaks Townhomes • Edgemont Elms • Duke Manor Apartments • Morreene Road/Demar Court (DHA) • Holly Hill Apartments • Magnolia Pointe Apartments • Independence Park Apartments • Meriwether Place Apartments • Strawberry Hills • Foxfire Apartments • Marquis Garden Apartments • Morreene West Apartments • Cambridge Village • Oakley Square Apartments • East Durham Recreation Center (11–11:45am) • Geer Street/Midland Terrace • Bentwood Apartments • Naples Terrace Apartments • Pine Crest Apartments • Rochelle Manor • Birchwood Heights Rec Association • Hoover Road (DHA) • Fox Ridge Apartments (11–11:45am) • Mission Triangle Point Apartments (noon–12:45pm) • Springwood Park Apartments (11–11:45am) • Lynn Haven Apartments (noon–12:45pm) • Whispering Pines Mobile Home (noon–12:45pm) • Mineral Springs Village (11–11:45am).
Health-education workshops for teens
The Community Health Coalition announces a new workshop series, The ABCs to Healthy Living from Your, the Youths’, Point of View, for young people ages 12 to 18. This free workshop series will run for eight sessions on Tuesdays, 4:15–6pm, at North Carolina Central University’s Wellness Clinic (500 Nelson St, in the Miller Morgan Building) from January 21 to March 10. Participants are invited to learn how drinking and vaping can adversely affect their health. Snacks will be provided, and each participant will receive a camera and $25 at the end of the program. Call 919-470-8680 for more info and to register.
Students (and sometimes even their parents) often feel that reporting bullying and drugs/weapons possession at school can put themselves at risk. Durham Public Schools has started its Text-a-Tip program, which simplifies the process and makes it totally anonymous. You have two choices:
DPS employment opportunities
Click here to see the list of full- and part-time jobs at Durham Public Schools. This list is up to date, so if you’re looking for work, check back periodically.
Free tutoring program
First Calvary Baptist Church and the West End Community Foundation’s free Project FINE Tutorial 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, January 11, 18, 25, and February 1. Contact Elnora Shields at 919-688-7833 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or DeWarren Langley at 919-937-2115 or email@example.com to set up your child’s study session.
Get loads of information on various school-related topics by listening to the Center for Family Engagement’s podcast, “Notes from the Backpack.” Click here for more info and to see a list of podcasts to choose from.
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.