Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing.
Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
"I am living my dream right now"
DA parent Ginger Young, Founder and Director of Book Harvest, writes the following:
I am living my dream, right now.
At our office, six students are sorting donated books, their work punctuated by laughter. A woman just dropped off books her five-year-old proudly collected from his friends at his birthday party. And soon I will deliver books to our volunteer who stocks our shelf at an Early Head Start program, where the toddlers will snuggle into her lap for a preview of the board books they just selected to take home and keep for their very own.
This truly is the stuff of my dreams, dreams that I scarcely dared to share three years ago when Book Harvest was just an idea. Now, 160,000 books and many, many kids later, it is real – and it is thriving.
DA has been involved in meaningful ways with Book Harvest from their earliest months. Advisees of Mike Spatola (for two years) and Constanza de Radcliffe (this year) have worked at Book Harvest on each of the Upper School service days. Similar volunteerism is happening at the Middle School. A group of seniors this year formed a Book Harvest Club this fall, kicking it off with a very successful Trick or Treat for Literacy. Book Harvest also gleans children’s titles from DA’s annual Used Book Sale.
This January, DA will be among the sponsors for Book Harvest’s 10,000 Books for Kids event, the giant community-wide book drive honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on his special day.
Click here for more information about Book Harvest, with headquarters next to Guglhupf in Durham.
Or here to read an article about Ginger from the News and Observer, who named her Tar Heel of the Week this summer.
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