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
Take a family hike in the woods and read a story together while you’re enjoying being outdoors. That’s the essence of StoryWalk, set for Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Brumley Family Nature Preserve, located in Orange County approximately two miles southeast of Hillsborough.
“We are so excited about our third StoryWalk,” Lower School Librarian Michelle Rosen said. “It’s one of my favorite events of the year because it combines the great outdoors with reading.” The two previous StoryWalks have been held at Eno River State Park.
Durham Academy has a special connection to the Brumley Family Nature Preserve. George Brumley was a member of the Durham Academy Board of Trustees; Julia Brumley was an active parent volunteer; and their children, George and Jordan, had attended DA since pre-kindergarten. The Brumley family died in a plane crash in Kenya in 2003, when George was a rising ninth-grader and Jordan was a rising sixth-grader.
The family was passionate about land conservation and purchased the land to manage it for conservation and for traditional uses like forestry, farming and hunting. The land became part of the Triangle Land Conservancy in 2010, and the 613-acre preserve opened to the public in April 2017. The Lower School’s Brumley Performing Arts Building also honors the Brumley family.
At Saturday’s StoryWalk, laminated pages from the children’s book Stuck will be attached to wooden stakes, which will be installed around the preserve’s 0.4-mile Kids Loop trail. As you stroll down the trail, you'll be directed to the next page in the story.
Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers, tells the story of a little boy in a very sticky situation. Floyd gets his kite stuck in a tree. He throws up his shoe to shift it, but that also gets stuck, so he throws up his other shoe and that gets stuck, too. Family craft activities will add to the afternoon’s fun.
This year’s StoryWalk is being hosted by Duke School, Carolina Friends School and DA.
“Our schools are so close in proximity, so it’s really nice that we can all do something together,” Rosen said. “Many of our students have friends at these other schools, so it’s nice to have a joint activity in which they all can participate.”