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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

In 'This I Believe' speeches, students and faculty share hopes and values
Posted 01/05/2017 05:51PM

For five years beginning in 1951, radio listeners were enraptured by the CBS program This I Believe, in which essayists — both well-known personalities and everyday people — were asked to pen "a statement of your personal beliefs, of the values which rule your thought and action."

Six decades later, within the walls of Durham Academy’s Kenan Auditorium, the This I Believe tradition was honored yet again, as five members of the faculty and student body addressed their peers with speeches, personal reflections and spoken word poetry focused on their own beliefs. The speeches, delivered at the Upper School’s Martin Luther King Jr. assembly on Jan. 5, were all centered around themes related to the late civil rights leader.

Upper School diversity coordinators Jazmin Garcia Smith, co-director of college counseling, and Kelly Teagarden, who teaches in the humanities, opened the assembly by speaking about the history of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and that of the This I Believe project.

"In introducing the original series, host Edward R. Murrow said, 'Never has the need for personal philosophies of this kind been so urgent,' " Garcia Smith said. "We would argue that the need is as great now as it was 66 years ago. "

Speakers included Associate Head of School Lee Hark, senior Safiya Gallaghan, English teacher Dr. Harry Thomas and ninth-graders Davis McCain and Mark Alkins.


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