Jan. 28, 2013 @ 03:29 PM

‘Poetry Out Loud’ event today at downtown library
DURHAM – Student poets from throughout Durham County are scheduled to gather tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the main library at 300 N. Roxboro St. for district finals of the “Poetry Out Loud” competition.
Nine students from local schools will recite poems by famous writers, accompanied by presentations and readings from local authors.
Winners in the district move on to the state level, with the opportunity to compete in the nationals. For information, contact William Tolbert at
Local students recognized with MLK Day awards
DURHAM – Eight graduating high school seniors received $500 scholarship awards from the Durham Community Martin Luther King Jr. Steering Committee on Jan. 21.
Scholarship students included:
--Sharice Charmayne Brand, a senior at Hillside High who plans to attend Winston-Salem State University where she’ll study nursing.
--Marcus Mahatoo Bullock, a senior at Riverside High who plans to attend N.C. State University where he’ll study engineering.
--Roderick Lemont Cameron, a senior at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability who plans to attend Winston-Salem State University where he’ll study computer science.
--Brianna Michelle Dowd, a senior at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability who plans to attend either NCSU or the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is undecided on her course of study.
--Eric Duncan, a senior at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability who plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he’ll study accounting.
--Robert Wellington Hunter III, a senior at Hillside High who plans to attend N.C. A&T State University where he’ll study accounting.
--Stefanee Marita Powell, a senior at Riverside High who plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she’ll study physical therapy.
--Veronica Best Walker, a senior at Northern High School who plans to attend Campbell University where she’ll study pre-pharmacy.
Twelve CHCCS teachers earn national certification
CHAPEL HILL – Twelve Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools teachers have earned national board certification.
Teachers who achieved certification in their fields for 2011-12 include: Nicole Bolden, Karen Eisner, Tijuana Goodwin, Katherine Gulledge, Mary Catherine Hunt, Kimberly Manning, Abigail Martin, Mary Grace Miller, Sandra Scheuermann, Danae Shipp, Larisa Smith-Cortes and Candace White.
Huggable Heroes program seeks nominees
The Build-A-Bear Workshop is accepting nominations for children ages 8 to 18 who are working to make the world a better place. Ten Huggable Heroes award recipients will get $10,000, which includes an education scholarship, a donation to a charity of their choice and a mentoring scholarship to support charitable entrepreneurships. Deadline is Feb. 28. For information, visit
Policing and punishment forum planned in Carrboro
CARRBORO – A community forum on policing and punishment in schools is planned for Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. The forum, featuring a keynote speech by Orange County Commissioner Mark Dorosin, will bring together parents, teachers, students, elected officials, community advocates, attorneys and police to discuss issues related to discipline and academic success.
Durham charter school plans open house
DURHAM – Carter Community School, a K-8 public charter school at 4100 N. Roxboro St., is scheduled to host an open house for families on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. For information about the school and enrollment for the 2013 school year, parents can also visit the school’s website at
Hillside High presents “Martin Said So” for Black History Month
DURHAM – Hillside High School’s drama department in February presents “Martin Said So,” produced and directed by Wendell Tabb in celebration of Black History Month. The play follows four generations of an American family of African descent through the civil rights movements of the 1950s and ’60s.
Special group tickets (10 or more) are $5 each. Single tickets for students, senior citizens and children are $7. Tickets for adults are $10.
Educational matinees are scheduled for Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. and Feb. 8 and 10 a.m. and noon. Weekend performances are planned for Feb. 8 at 7:15 p.m., Feb. 9 at 3:15 and 7:15 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 3:15 p.m.
For reservations, contact Priscilla Ross at, Wendell Tabb at or order tickets online at
Nominations sought for Teaching Chair Awards
CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation seeks nominations for two awards of $1,000.
Two Teaching Chair awards are slated this year: the Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation and the Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Language Arts.
Colleagues, parents, students and community members may nominate, but are asked to comment on at least one of three criteria: how the nominee ignites enthusiasm for learning, how the nominee creates an exceptional learning environment for all students and how the nominee is a role model.
Submit nominates to the PSF via the awards web page at Printed forms should also be available at the front office of each school. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 31.
For information, contact Judy Jones at
Holocaust essay contest entries due in February
DURHAM – The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation is sponsoring a Holocaust essay contest that’s intended to make high school students, regardless of heritage, think about those events and what implications they have for the world today and in their own lives.
The contest is made possible by the Penny Daum Aldrich Endowment Fund for Holocaust Remembrance of the Jewish Community Foundation of Durham-Chapel Hill.
Students can research an individual from the Holocaust, examine a specific location, explore a specific event or compare an event during the Holocaust to a current event.
First and second prizes will be awarded, with $250 and $125 respectively. Essays should be no longer than 1,200 words. Entries must be sent no later than Feb. 15, 2013. Email entries to or mail to Holocaust Essay Contest c/o Sam Norton, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705.
For information, call 919-354-4953 or email
New learning challenge launched for Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh
The new Belk Service Learning Challenge, a collaboration of Belk, Discovery Education and the International Society for Technology in Education, encourages middle students to improve communities by taking on service-learning projects.
The challenge is open to all middle school students within 50 miles of Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Students work in teams of two to four with a teacher/mentor and identify a community issue, research, create an action plan, implement the plan and reflect on their service by submitting an electronic portfolio that tells their story.
Entries are due by March 14, 2013. Grand prize for the top team is a $1,000 scholarship per student team member and a $250 teacher award. Second place gets $500 scholarships and a $100 teacher award.
For information, visit

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