Parents Association & Parents Council
The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.
The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.
Parents Bulletin Board
The third annual Durham Nativity Fundraiser Tournament — an Ultimate Frisbee competition organized by Durham Academy junior Alex Hoffman — raised more than $2,500 on March 31. The sum is enough to purchase Chromebook laptops for the seventh-grade class at Durham Nativity School.
“When the tournament was first held, Durham Nativity students did not have access to functioning computers, and while the school isolated it as an important academic target, they did not have the funds to pay for a laptop program,” Hoffman said.
So he organized the first DNS tournament in 2016 with a goal of establishing a 1:1 laptop program for the entire fifth-grade class. After meeting that goal, he held the tournament a second year and was able to provide laptops for the entire sixth-grade class.
Durham Nativity is a tuition-free independent school serving boys from financially challenged families. While Durham Nativity is a middle school, support for students continues throughout their time in independent high schools like DA, during college and into their first careers. The school encourages graduates to return to Durham as adults to give back to their community.
Four teams — Apex High School, Page High, East Chapel Hill High and Durham Academy — participated in the tournament. Each team played five games — three in pool play, two in a semifinal and either the championship or third-place match. Apex prevailed in the final against the hosts DA to win the tournament for the second year in a row.
“East Chapel Hill demonstrated fantastic Spirit of the Game throughout the day and took home the Spirit Award,” Hoffman said.
Plans are to hold the tournament again in 2019 — Hoffman’s senior year at DA — with a goal of providing a laptop program for DNS’ eighth-grade class.