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As the end of the year approaches, many families honor a teacher or special person for the holidays or new year. One option for doing so and supporting world hunger relief efforts is to make a donation in their honor to Rise Against Hunger, which works to feed men, women and especially children in famine-stricken areas of the world.
Bundle Up Durham — an organization started by Durham Academy Upper School students that provides winter coats to children in need — has partnered with DA basketball to sponsor a coat drive and T-shirt sale surrounding the first varsity basketball home game Friday, Nov. 17.
Members of the DARC SIDE, Durham Academy Upper School's award-winning robotics team, are lending their engineering skills to the N.C. Botanical Garden's Pumpkins in the BOOtanical Garden event, and they'd love to see lots of DA families there!
Preschoolers and Lower Schoolers set up bake sales on Middle and Upper School campuses.
The entire Durham Academy community will join together to raise funds for hurricane relief from Oct. 17 to 20 with a series of fundraisers. Please support students' efforts as you are able! All proceeds will be donated to One America Appeal to support recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, with the exception of the Middle School's film screening; proceeds from that event will be split between One America Appeal and a foundation that supports residents of St. Maarten.
Imagination, curiosity, observation, determination — they're within the grasp of Durham Academy Upper Schoolers, Director of Community Service Anne McNamara said on Wednesday, encouraging students to take a page from Da Vinci and use them as tools to make a difference in their community. McNamara
For children on the autism spectrum, opportunities to play sports can be limited, and one DA senior decided to do something about it.
Durham Academy's Red Cross Club will hold its fall blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Upper School Learning Commons.
The seventh and eighth grades transition from traditional start-of-year outdoor education trips to immersive service-learning experiences to kick off the school year marks the start of new service-learning-focused advisory curricula.
For the entirety of the 32-year history of the Durham County Special Olympics Spring Games, DA's Upper School campus has played host and canceled classes so that all students and faculty can volunteer.
Durham Academy's Red Cross Club will hold its spring blood drive on Tuesday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Kirby Gym.
For the second year, Durham Academy will play host to an Ultimate Frisbee tournament on Saturday and Sunday with a very important goal — raising funds to supply another class of students at Durham Nativity School with laptops. This year's event features more teams, as well as a girls Ultimate showcase game.
Not sure what to do with the pile of athletic shoes that your kids have outgrown or aren't of use to you anymore? Three Durham Academy Upper Schoolers have just the solution: bring them along to an upcoming DA basketball game, and make a difference in the lives of Rwandan youths.
The Daughters of the American Revolution's General Davie Chapter has honored DA senior Natalie Giduz with its Good Citizens Award.
If the wintry weather kept your family cooped up inside for far too long and you're looking for out-of-the-house activities to occupy the three-day weekend ahead, look no farther than the Durham Academy calendar. Over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, DA will play host to Preschool/Lower School Night at the CavDome; the Cavalier Invitational Debate Tournament; In The Pocket's Nicaragua Benefit Concert; DA's annual MLK Day of Service meal-packaging effort; and a book-signing with alumnus Derek Rhodes '11.
When Mark Edhegard told fellow soldiers heading to Iraq that a woman he met on a plane had promised to send their entire unit care packages during their deployment, they laughed. The 19-year-old Army combat medic was naive, they said — it's not going to happen.
The majority of Triangle-area residents were largely untouched by Hurricane Matthew in early October, save for some sustained power outages and the occasional downed tree. But drive an hour or two east, and it was a different story, with inland flooding forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and at least 26 North Carolinians losing their lives.
Durham Academy's Red Cross Club will hold its fall blood drive on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Kirby Gym.
It's difficult to not be moved by the vivid imagery evoked in America the Beautiful. Spacious skies. Amber waves of grain. Purple mountain majesties. The fruited plain.
Durham Academy home volleyball matches are usually swathed in a sea of green and white, but expect big splashes of pink at the contests scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29. The third school color is a symbol of the JV and varsity teams' commitment to fighting breast cancer; these special matches are branded "Pink Out" in support of the Susan G. Komen foundation.
It all started with a stroll through Duke Gardens. Wandering the 55 acres of vibrant wildflowers, vegetable plants and towering trees in the heart of the Duke University campus, Durham Academy sophomore Lillia Larson had a thought: Could there be something similar, albeit quite a bit smaller, on DA's Upper School campus?
Durham Academy Upper School hosted the 31st annual Durham County Special Olympics Spring Games on Monday, April 5. For each of those 31 years, the campus has played host to the games and canceled classes so that all students and faculty can volunteer.
Durham Academy Upper School dancers will host a Zumbathon on Friday, April 29, and it's what you might call a triple-win: great exercise, a great time and a great cause. The event, set for 6 to 8 p.m. on the Upper School quad, will support Durham County Special Olympics.
No matter the goal count at this weekend's Ultimate Frisbee tournament at Durham Academy, the true victor is already apparent: students at Durham Nativity School, which stands to establish a 1:1 laptop program with proceeds from the high-flying fundraiser.
Durham Academy's Red Cross Club will hold its spring blood drive on Tuesday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Kirby Gym.
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 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.
The nine-month stretch from February through October can be dangerously bare-shelved for the Urban Ministries of Durham food pantry. The bounty of cans and boxes collected during holiday food drives has dwindled. Yet the need only grows, as winter weather keeps children out of school — and away from the nourishment of school-provided meals. Sometimes, the wooden shelves of the pantry are completely empty.
Nearly 30 of the nation's top men's and women's high school lacrosse teams will compete in the seventh annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic, scheduled for March 10-13, 2016, in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Hosting this year's tournament are Durham Academy and Cardinal Gibbons High School.
What if you couldn't afford to buy the clothes your children needed for school? This winter, the Lower School Service Club focused their efforts on students their own age, collecting new and gently used jackets, pants and tops, underwear and socks for children in need in Durham. The clothing drive for Urban Ministries of Durham is the latest project for a group of Durham Academy third-and fourth-graders, who meet monthly to help others, and who give back all year long.
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