Creating “little stewards” for Ellerbe Creek

“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 […]

Duke employees make $51,000 donation toward Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

Replacing furnaces, tearing out moldy walls of homes and rebuilding livelihoods – The work continues in central and eastern North Carolina counties hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. To help with relief efforts in those regions, Duke staff and faculty visited the State Capitol in Raleigh on Monday and delivered a $51,000 […]

Helping Seniors Manage Their Health

Longtime Durham residents Donna and John Olive have been married for 50 years. During that time, they have supported each other in sickness and in health. They’ve faced a stroke, heart attack, heart bypass surgery and cancer together. Now, they take medications for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which add up to $140 a […]

Helping Stories Come to Life

Anita Woodley, center, held a “Stories Come to Life” workshop for middle school students in March. Anita Woodley’s five personalities shine in the Durham classroom. Walking around a sixth-grade English Language Arts class at James E. Shepard Magnet Middle School on a recent afternoon, Woodley clutched a messy stack of ruled notebook paper and played […]