Class Notes

Jun. 24, 2013 @ 02:43 PM

Student U kicks off

The annual Student U Summer Academy kicked off Monday, with 180 high school students touring 22 colleges in nine states along the East Coast.

The six-week session provides academic and personal skills to students in Durham Public Schools who are at risk of separating from the public school system. Through its year-round afterschool program and annual summer academy, Student U. equips students to be successful in college.

“Watching the ninth through 12th-grade students leave on Monday to visit 22 colleges was a great reminder of why we do what we do,” said Former Student U Teacher Amy Bell. “Most of these students will be first-generation college students in their family, and we can’t wait to experience this accomplishment alongside them.”

Hosted at Durham Academy, 160 middle school students began the program. Having four core classes and four electives daily, the students will visit Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State University during the week of June 24.

Three hundred and forty students are attending Student U this summer from sixth through 12th grades.

Student U is looking forward to its first “Class of 2014 Signing Day” when the first graduating class will officially announce where they are going to college.

Lavery moves from CIS Durham to Prevent Child Abuse NC

Communities In Schools of Durham’s Executive Director Bud Lavery has stepped down from his post after eight years to become president and chief executive officer of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina.

In a statement released by Lavery on his departure, he states that, “CIS of Durham has a long history of scaling evidence-based programs, as does Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. Thus, this is a natural step for me to take in order to continue this critical work - only now I’ll be doing it for families across our great state.”

Elizabeth Levene will serve at the interim director. Lavery can still be contacted at CIS up through July 12.

Lavery has left CIS prepared for the 2013-14 school year including the beginning of a $1 million campaign with band Together and CIS of Wake County to expand the Graduation Coach Program, continue to keep children reading over summer vacation with READS for Summer Learning and pilot the Incredible Years teacher series in pre-k classes throughout Durham Public Schools.

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