‘Transplanting Traditions’ among acres of farmland

October 1, 2017

This documentary, which features Transplanting Traditions farmer Tri Sa, was directed by Morgan Capps and Heather Stewart Harvey for the Documentary Video Institute at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Surrounded by Thai banana trees and blooming hibiscus flowers, Tri Sa surveyed the acres of her farm plot with purpose, stopping to prune […]

Student U teaches students to ‘Read Fearlessly’

Ana Canseco-Orocio joined Student U when she was a sixth-grader at Durham’s Brogden Middle School. She was taken aback at first by the intensity of the program – Student U students attend a six-week summer academic program as well as a daily afterschool program during the school year. But she grew to love her instructors […]

Meals on Wheels of Durham delivers meals to the homebound

  After only a half-hour, the logistics of running a Meals on Wheels route starts to feel instinctive. Punch in the next address into GPS. Drive to the next house. Pop open the door to the trunk. Grab a hot meal and a cold meal from the insulated delivery bags. Walk up the steps to […]

Kramden Institute connects kids with game design camps

“Oh no, my game’s broken. Oh, no. That’s not good.” Despite the technical hiccup, 12-year-old Jeremiah Gongs was quite cheerful as he leaned closer to his laptop and began typing on the keyboard. Little robots whizzed back and forth on the screen, pacing along walls that Gongs designed as part of his new computer game. […]

Building a solid foundation with Habitat for Humanity

Latosha McCauley usually gets home around 12:30 a.m. from working second shift as a housekeeper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Then, around 8:30 a.m., she wakes up and heads over to the promising shell of her new home, where she grabs a hammer and gets to work. It will take about […]

Durham Literacy Center improves literacy, opens doors

Martin Cuello is a 24-year-old information technology specialist whose dream is to study strategic planning at Duke University. He arrived in the U.S. two years ago from the Dominican Republic, and he is a native Spanish speaker. To eventually apply to Duke and begin his strategic planning career track, he is first strengthening his English […]

Durham children become ‘Bull City Fit’

In the back of the parking lot at Durham’s Edison Johnson Recreation Center, there are raised garden beds filled with beets, carrots and lettuce. Over the summer, children planted the seeds that became these leafy vegetables. They carried out the digging, planting and watering as part of Bull City Fit, a community outreach program by […]

Achievement Academy helps students go after their GED

The career aspirations of Antigonne Kelley and Anna Roman are different – Kelley wants to get her truck driver certification, and Roman is interested in technology and computers – but the way they are pursuing these aspirations is the same. Twenty-year-old Kelley and 27-year-old Roman are attending the Achievement Academy of Durham, a free, nonprofit […]

Creating “little stewards” for Ellerbe Creek

July 12, 2017

“Dirt!” “Humus?” “Clay!” Gathered around bags of top soil and sand, clear plastic cups, mason jars, and an orange water cooler, Eastway Elementary School third graders tested their knowledge of North Carolina soil. That Friday morning, Long Meadow Park was their outdoor classroom, and Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association staff were their teachers. Chris Sajdak, the […]

Durham’s ‘Strong Fathers’ strengthen parenting and relationship skills

  Dan’s son called them “angry outbursts.” Too often, Dan’s anger would boil over when the stress and commotion that comes with being a separated father became too much to handle. Too often, Dan would get frustrated while simultaneously preparing dinner, trying to coax his daughter to do her homework and racing against the clock […]