Class Notes

Aug. 04, 2014 @ 09:42 AM

Take part in National Night Out
DURHAM -- Durham Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme will join Durham Police Chief José Lopez and other local officials today in touring Durham neighborhoods as part of National Night Out.
The event is coordinated by the National Association of Town Watch to promote neighborhood watch programs, police-community programs and neighborhood camaraderie.
This year, NNO neighborhood coordinators have been encouraged to hold drives to support Crayons2Calculators’s Fill That Bus campaign to provide schools supplies for students in need.

Specialty schools opening
DURHAM -- Durham Public Schools’ three small specialty magnet high schools begin classes Thursday.
Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School at N.C. Central University and Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College provide students with the opportunity to take college courses as part of their high school experience, while the City of Medicine Academy at Duke Regional Hospital partners with the local medical community to prepare students to become health care professionals.

DPS All-Star Coaches
DURHAM -- Two DPS high school coaches have been named as head coaches for the 2015 East-West All-Star Games by the North Carolina Coaches Association.
Hillside High School coach Ovester Grays will lead the East women’s basketball team and Durham School of the Arts coach Amy Green will coach the East women’s soccer team.
The East-West All-Star Games are held during the third week in July in Greensboro in conjunction with the North Carolina Coaching Clinic.
The games feature top players from across the state who recently graduated from high school.

DPS breakfast program a finalist
The Durham Public Schools is one of four finalists selected to advance in the 100,000 Kids Hungry No More Social Innovation Challenge.
The Challenge, a United Way of the Greater Triangle-sponsored competition, is aimed at reducing childhood hunger in the Triangle area with one winning idea receiving $50,000
DPS was selected for its innovative program “Breakfast is on Us” that will provide free breakfast to all students this school year, regardless of income level.
The other three finalists include.
-- A new way to engage shoppers with Pennies 4 Progress developed by N.C. State University students.
-- Grocers on Wheels, a creative idea to overcome food deserts.
-- Urban Ministries of Wake County partnered with two socially conscious entrepreneurs to create efficiencies by streamlining food distribution.
The four finalists were chosen from 12 semi-finalists by a panel of judges that included business and community leaders and entrepreneurs, along with food industry and nutrition experts.
The proposals were evaluated on social impact, break-through potential, feasibility, sustainability and scalability.

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