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Durham Academy's XIV Hours is hosting the 12th annual WISER A Cappella Jam in Kenan Auditorium. The A Cappella Jam is a fundraiser for WISER (Women's Institute of Secondary Education & Research), an organization founded at Duke University to improve the health and education of women in the Muhuru Bay area of Kenya.
Durham Academy's Red Cross Club will hold its spring-semester blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of Kirby Gym on the Upper School campus.
For Durham Academy students and faculty, service to others is a part of life throughout the year, but during the holiday season, these efforts shine even more brightly. From the youngest to the oldest learners, members of the DA community are looking beyond themselves to help brighten the season for others in our community. The following is a mere sampling of the myriad ways that students, faculty, staff and parents have sought to spread joy and comfort this season.
Many Durham Academy families gather to package thousands of meals each Martin Luther King Day at DA's annual Rise Against Hunger event — and it's possible thanks to the generous families who make donations to purchase the food that will be packaged. Please remember this important effort in your year-end giving plans.
For the fourth 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.
The Upper School Bundle Up Durham Club — which works to provide winter coats to children in need in the Durham Public Schools system — is collecting coats of all sizes. The drive is under way now and will culminate with the home varsity basketball games on Dec. 14.
In The Pocket is excited to present their annual benefit concert for Rise Against Hunger — their first big concert of the year, Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 PM in Kenan Auditorium! This year's iteration of ITP is the fullest instrumentation and sound they've had in years, with the typical soul band horn line as well as a string and woodwind section. The group is eager to share songs with the DA community that take advantage of the full ensemble.
Hurricane Florence has left Eastern North Carolina reeling, and the Durham Academy community is already working to help with donations of much-needed supplies.
The Upper School's Rise Against Hunger Club will hold a car wash on Friday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the Lower School parking lot (by Brumley Performing Arts Building). The event will serve as a fundraiser for Rise Against Hunger, the international hunger relief organization with which Durham Academy partners for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service meal-packaging event each January.
Durham Academy's Red Cross Club will hold its fall blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of Kirby Gym, on the Upper School campus.
When I was in middle school, I can remember signing up for community service, walking to the nearby senior living community with a group of my classmates, and spending an hour or two walking around nervously, trying to find a way to engage with the residents. It was a positive experience: I was pushed out of my comfort zone, and maybe, I was able to bring a bit of light to someone else's day.
The Upper School's Rise Against Hunger Club will hold a car wash on Friday, June 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Lower School parking lot (by Brumley Performing Arts Building). The event will serve as a fundraiser for Rise Against Hunger, the international hunger relief organization with which Durham Academy partners for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service meal-packaging event each January.
Durham Academy Lower School houses more than 37,000 books, according to an educated estimate by second-grade teacher Caroline Petrow's students. And when DA Lower Schoolers go home each day, the majority have access to hundreds of books there, too.
Durham Academy Upper School hosted the Durham County Special Olympics Spring Games for the 33rd year on Friday, welcoming an estimated 500 athletes with open arms, high fives and cheers of encouragement.
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.
Work up a sweat for a great cause on Saturday, March 24, at the Durham Academy Zumba Club's Zumbathon fundraiser for Durham County Special Olympics.
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.
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