Third-grader leads toy drive
Lauren Sullivan, a third-grader at Little River Elementary School, spearheaded a school-wide toy drive to collect toys for homeless children.
Called “Little River, Big Heart!” Sullivan, working with her teachers and classmates collected new and gently used toys for children served by the Durham Rescue Mission.
The toy drive is all Sullivan said she wanted for her birthday.
It began Nov. 25 and ended Dec. 13
Four DPS teachers honored
Four teachers from Durham Public Schools were among the 150 educators honored last month during the 11th annual Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grant awards luncheon at the Dail Club at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Piedmont EMC, which is headquartered in Hillsborough, awarded 28 Bright Ideas grants worth more than $25,000 to teachers in Durham and surrounding counties this year.
The four teachers from DPS won Bright Ideas grants include Felicia Brown and Sandy Goodwin of Mangum Elementary School, Donna C. James of Hillandale Elementary School and Rebecca Maupin of Little River Elementary School.
The luncheon was part of a monthlong Bright Ideas celebration. During November, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives awarded close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants to deserving teachers across the state.
Since the program began in 1994, Piedmont EMC has awarded over $320,000 to 266 projects, which is just part of over $8.5 million North Carolina’s electric cooperatives has granted to fund 8,300 projects.
More than 1.5 million students statewide have participated in visionary classroom projects funded by Bright Ideas grants.
Agape Corner offering vocation training
The Agape Corner Christian School on Holloway Street is now a Christian vocational school created to provide preparatory education in the construction trades.
The school will also train students in basic living skills and Christian values.
Student will receive training in carpentry, plumbing and as HVAC technicians.
The school provides room and board, classroom training, shop instruction, and personal counseling and mentoring.
If the student abides by all the rules and completes the two-year program successfully, an entry-level helper position in the construction trades is assured.
The tuition for this educational program is $1,000 per year.
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