DPS and the community providing meals
Durham Public Schools, Durham County Government, the Durham Public Schools Foundation, local nonprofits, and local restaurants are partnering to form Durham FEAST, a new meal program for young people age 18 and under starting Thursday, April 16. Families can go to certain schools and get breakfast and lunch for the kids, and the adults can pick up nonperishable food supplies and/or family-style casseroles.
Here’s the schedule:
Families can pick up meals at the following schools on Tuesdays and Fridays:
Volunteers are needed to keep this program going. So, if you're able to help distribute food on Thursday, April 16 or Friday, April 17, click here. Volunteers who can help load food onto buses on Thursday, April 16 or Friday, April 17, click here. And volunteers who aren't available this week but are interested in future opportunities can click here to join the Durham Public Schools Foundation’s mailing list.
Free lunches for kids
Chicken Hut (3019 Fayetteville St) has allowed people from Healthy Start Academy to set up in their restaurant to distribute free box lunches to kids (or to adults to take home to their kids). This food giveaway is held on weekdays from noon to 2pm (actually, while supplies last).
Grab-and-Go Meals for Kids
Grace Church of Durham (1417 Cole Mill Rd) is offering Grab-and-Go Meals for Kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am–1:30pm. Free lunches will be distributed curbside; call 919-908-6213 for more info.
Morehead at Home
The Morehead Planetarium & Science Center hosts Morehead at Home live virtual events for students who are learning at home. The topic for Tuesday, June 2, 10–10:30am is The Sun: The Star of Our Solar System. Learn how scientists study the Sun and hitch a virtual ride on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. Click here to find out more, and click here to join the Zoom event.
Morehead at Home’s Thursday, June 4 event will be Skywatching: Black Holes from 10 to 10:30am. Learn about planets that compress enormous amounts of energy as they collapse upon themselves while dying. Click here for more info and to get the Zoom link.
The Morehead Planetarium & Science Center’s Teen Science Cafe will take place on Thursday, June 4, 5–6pm. Today’s topic will be Blocks and Codes. Jessica Amsbary, a postdoctoral research scholar at UNC–Chapel Hill, will discuss why STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) learning at an early age is so important. She will also talk about STEMIE, the STEM Early Education Center. Click here for more info and to get the Zoom link.
The Morehead Planetarium & Science Center’s Teen Science Cafe will take place on Friday, June 5, 5–6pm. Today’s topic will be Searching for Earth 2.0 and Other Worlds. Charlotte Minsky (recent MIT grad and soon-to-be PhD candidate) will discuss the possibility of other planets that might be viable for sustaining human life.
Morehead at Home’s Tuesday, June 9 event will be all about Eclipses from 10 to 10:30am. Learn the difference between solar and lunar eclipses and talk about eclipses that are visible in North Carolina. Click here for more info and to get the Zoom link.
Morehead at Home’s Thursday, June 11 event will ask the question, Is There Intelligent Life Beyond Earth? from 10 to 10:30am. Learn about the Drake Equation and how it’s used to figure out the number of intelligent civilizations that we might eventually communicate with in the galaxy. Click here for more info and to get the Zoom link.
Morehead at Home’s Tuesday, June 16 event will be all about June Carolina Skies from 10 to 10:30am. Learn how to identify the stars that you can see on a clear night. Click here for more info and to get the Zoom link.
Morehead at Home’s Thursday, June 18 event will ask the question, Where’s Orion?: The Relationship Between the Seasons and the Sky from 10 to 10:30am. Learn why we can’t locate the Orion the Hunter constellation in the night sky anymore, and why the days are so long and the nights so short in the northern hemisphere. Click here for more info and to get the Zoom link.
Morehead at Home’s Thursday, June 18 event will be about Supernova! from 10 to 10:30am. Learn about the stars that go supernova and how to put together a demo using common materials from around the house. Click here for more info and to get the Zoom link.
Morehead at Home’s Thursday, June 25 event will be about Life and Death of a Star from 10 to 10:30am. Experience billions of years in the life of a star and see photos taken through the Hubble Space Telescope. Click here for more info and to get the Zoom link.
Check out Virtual Morehead’s video playlist on YouTube. Watch your favorite Morehead at Home videos again and catch up with the ones you missed. Click here to get started. Click here to view the entire Morehead at Home calendar.
Village of Wisdom discussion groups
The Village of Wisdom will host Wisdom Wednesdays—The Black Genius Discussion Group on June 3 and 10, 3–4pm. Meet with other black parents and families about out-of-school learning and preparing students for keeping up and thriving once school starts again. Common themes that tend to be discussed during these online Zoom meetings include developing a can-do-attitude, interest awareness, multicultural navigation, racial pride, selective trust, and social justice. Click here to sign up and to get the link.
Teach at Home / Enseña desde Casa
Google, in partnership with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), and the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, presents Teach at Home, a comprehensive educational resource for those looking for tools and tips for keeping kids interested in learning. There are three categories: Teachers, Schools, and Families, and each offers tools for teaching. Learn how to use livestreaming and video calls to hold classes; how to use Socratic, a learning app for students on the high school and college/university levels; how to identify learning resources for young people with disabilities, and lots more. There is an incredible amount of ideas, resources, and solutions for at-home learning. Click here to get started; Click here to view the Enseña desde Casa website in Spanish.
NCLearn @ Home
NCLearn @ Home is a gathering place put together by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that taps into the expertise and programming of local museums and educational organizations. Teachers, families, and students are invited to explore the website and dive into the lessons and programming offered by the State Library, State Archive Collections, NC Museum of Art, NC Museum of History, NC Symphony, NC Zoo, and more. Click here to get started.
Federal student loans deferred
Americans trying to pay off their federal student loans can get a 6-month reprieve due to economic problems caused by the coronavirus crisis. Lenders have been instructed (by the relief bill that passed through Congress and was signed by Trump) not to ask for payments through September 30. Interest will not accrue and your credit rating will not be affected. Federal lenders are required to get in contact with all borrowers about the suspension of their federal student loan payments, and on August 1 they’re required to notify you when payments should start up again.
Please note that the coronavirus relief bill has no effect on private student loans; payments need to continue to be made on those loans. If you anticipate having trouble keeping up with private loans, contact your lender and see if you can work out some type of arrangement. Some lenders offer their own reduced-payment options or ways to postpone payments.
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.