Durham Academy News & Notes/March 24, 2016  
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New elective inspires love of literature in

seniors and Creekside 'reading buddies'

Why Reading Matters

Even with the global literacy rate at an all-time high, one form of reading — curling up with a good book to relax at the end of the day, or losing oneself in the pages of a thick novel for an afternoon — is waning. In part thanks to the ever-present pull of distractions like social media and messaging apps, readership of literature has taken sharp declines in recent years, especially among adults.            

With disheartening figures — like the nearly 40 percent of college freshmen who don't read books for pleasure at all — in mind, Durham Academy Upper School English teacher Fran Wittman sought to help combat the trend. Why Reading Matters, a fall senior English elective, aims to inspire a love of reading in both the DA students taking the course and in a classroom of third-graders at Creekside Elementary School. With the first year of the fall service-learning course having concluded in December, Wittman's experiment appears to have achieved its goal for both the DA and Creekside students. Read More 


Used Book Sale puts books in the 

hands of readers around Bull City

Used Book Sale

With a single book, you hold an opportunity to change a child's life. It's a phenomenon that Ginger Young has seen time and time again in her work with Book Harvest, a Durham nonprofit that puts books in the hands of low-income children. Over the years, thousands of leftover books collected for Durham Academy's Used Book Sale have been donated to organizations like Book Harvest. Read More

Faculty Spotlight: Pre-kindergarten

teacher Sheri-lyn Carrow

Sheri-lyn Carrow

Sheri-lyn Carrow teaches Durham Academy’s youngest students. Her pre-kindergarten class is about as orderly as a room full of 4-year-olds can be, yet there’s no list of rules, no do’s and don’ts. That’s not the way Carrow operates.

“If you’re your best person every day, if you do your best as a student and work your hardest, then that’s all you can ask of yourself. That’s the rule in my class.” Read More  

Middle School science teacher Barb Kanoy, alumnus Patrick Nevins '03 to be honored at April 15 Spring Alumni reception

The Hill Center to hold Hill Mile One Mile Race and Kids' Dash fundraiser at DA April 24

Reserve your tickets for Parents Association's April 9 Under the Big Top benefit auction

Tickets available for DA Night at the Durham Bulls community event, set for April 24

DA in the News

First grade Safari Scouts' video offering leadership advice gets air time 

Max Preps:
Davis Morgan is named Mid-Atlantic Region's Player of the Week

The News & Observer:
NCISAA names 3A Girls Track and Field championship trophy after Dennis Cullen 

The Week in Photos

Immigration Simulation  Magnificent 7 

Braima  Science Fun Day

Take Apart Sculptures  







This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

No School: Good Friday
- Friday, March 25 

Eighth Grade Band Concert
- Wednesday, March 30,
7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Seventh Grade Band/
New Horizons Band Concert
- Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall 

No School: Faculty Work Day
(All-Day Care available) 
- Friday, April 1 

Benefit Auction
- Saturday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.,
Washington Duke Inn 

Spring Alumni Reception (honoring Barb Kanoy &
Patrick Nevins '03)
- Friday, April 15, 6 p.m.,
Upper School Learning Commons

Used Book Sale
Open to DA Community

- Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Middle School gym

Used Book Sale
Open to Public

- Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m. to noon, Middle School gym

Hill Mile One Mile Race and Kids' Dash
- Sunday, April 24, 1 to 4 p.m., DA Upper School 

DA Night at the Durham Bulls
- Sunday, April 24, 5:05 p.m., Durham Bulls Athletic Park 



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