Recent national news reports have detailed Utah schoolchildren’s lunches being tossed because they were behind on their payment accounts. Minnesota has, it turns out, also had some schools throwing out food instead of giving it to kids whose families are behind on the tab.
Hunger has a well-documented impact on a child’s ability to learn, and for some children, school is the only place to get a good, nutritious hot meal.
We often celebrate Durham’s rich arts culture. A snapshot of this week from our Entertainment and More section offers “Book of Mormon” coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center, an Archibald Motley exhibit at the Nasher and a film festival at Hayti. It also featured a piece by Cliff Bellamy on the Durham Family Theatre’s most recent production, “Brigid Without a Story.”
Sophie Steiner showed remarkable maturity, understanding and courage. While she was dying from cancer, she blogged, wrote poems and took photos. Her works are now on display at the Carrboro Branch Library in McDougle Middle School in an exhibit titled “Life is a Beautiful Thing: A Tribute to Sophie Steiner and Her Peers.” The exhibit contains works by her friends, as well as Sophie’s, and memories recorded by her sisters.
Durham is a place with gems we love to discover and rediscover. One of those gems is the Durham Symphony Orchestra and its conductor and music director, William Henry Curry.
Reporter Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan shared the details of the dedication and labor of love this group brings to their craft from her observations at a practice session she wrote about in Friday’s Herald-Sun. “It’s a jewel in the community,” Curry said of the symphony. We couldn’t agree more.
We are fortunate to live in an area rich with innovation and invention. Sometimes, because there are so many start-ups driven by talented, creative people, we forget the really amazing things that are happening right in front of us.
Meals on Wheels fills a tremendous need by bringing food to homebound residents. The Meals on Wheels of Durham website describes the organization’s mission as serving “the elderly, frail, disabled, convalescing and others who cannot provide proper nutrition for themselves.”
This newspaper was founded in 1889, never missing a day of publishing. We consider that some serious longevity. But J.E. Ladd & Son Transfer has us beat. The moving company began in 1882, well before there were trucks in which to move people.
We can’t recall the last time someone won the Grit Award twice in a year. So we’ll mark 2013 as one for the record books, thanks to a sergeant in the Sheriff’s Office who twice has been in the right place at the right time to help someone in serious need.
During my lifetime there have been many innovations that changed our lives, but perhaps none more significant than television
It seems like such a small thing. One gift. Yet that is all the organizers of a toy and coat drive to be held today in McDougald Terrace are asking donors to give. They want to make sure that no child leaves empty-handed, and that all the children living in the public housing community have winter coats. On Thursday, the drive was still 80 toys short.
This has been a week filled with people in the news who are deserving of the Grit Award. Duke’s Perry Simmons was one of 16 football players honored nationally as a scholar-athlete. “It just shows when you put in the hard work and try to do the right things, things pay off for you,” Simmons said.
Desmond “Dez” Jackson is a remarkable 14-year-old. He holds a gold medal in the 400-meter run that he won at the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports World Junior Games. He also won a bronze in the 100.
File this one in the “Cool Things About Living in Durham” category.
We can boast a resident who built a miniature replica of the printing press that Ben Franklin said he used as a printer apprentice. And it works.
Last week in this space, we talked about the importance of supporting veterans throughout the year. This week, Operation Homefront demonstrated that purpose in a generous, meaningful way.
Diana Graham, a graduate of N.C. Central University who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the National Guard, offered insightful advice earlier this week when she spoke at the university on Veterans Day.