Thursday, March 22, 2012

4-H Summer Camp Opportunities for kids and high school youth

Durham County Cooperative Extension's 4-H program has released its summer camp brochure.  There are camps for kids of all ages, including teens.   Spaces are limited. Unless otherwise indicated, camps meet at Cooperative Extension at 721 Foster Street (Downtown--same street at Farmers Market across from Central Park School).  There are a range of price ranges, some are incredibly reasonable.  Lots of folks ask why the rates are so low.  This has to do with the mission of Cooperative Extension and 4-H.  Camp is considered a service to the community and we only charge what we need to cover costs.

There is also a weeklong overnight camp option at one of the 4-H camp centers in late June.  This is a discounted rate and Durham 4-H provides transportation and sends one of our local adult 4-H staffers along, so it is a nice opportunity for a kid to go with a group and have a supportive adult available.

Check it out....

Friday, March 9, 2012

Teen Leadership Conference During the April Spring Break

Durham Parks and Recreation is hosting a Teen Leadership Conference for young people, ages 13-17 over Spring Break, April 9-13, at Edison Johnson Recreation Center.  Teens must apply and have a recommendation from their school or other organization in order to be considered for particpation.

Students will have the opportunity to visit the State Capitol and do a ropes course in addition to being exposed to interactive workshops and activities to help them build their leadership skills.  Check out the flyer and form below.  Contact Cory Rawlinson at 560-4270 for more information.  The deadline is March 16.

Leadership Conference Flyer

Leadership Conference Recommendation Form

Thursday, March 8, 2012

DPS Kitchen Table Conversations on Magnet Schools

Durham Public Schools has planned a series of four Kitchen Table Conversations in an effort to enhance our school district’s magnet schools.   The discussion at these sessions will focus on magnet schools and student assignment. Dicussions around magnet schools and choice have dominated a great deal of the public conversation about our public schools this year following the magnet plan presented at the end of 2011, which was largely scrapped following significant public pressure. Your input, as part of the Durham community, whether you are a parent, teacher, or neighbor, is essential to these discussions.  Please make time to attend one of these sessions. 
There is also a link to submit your ideas/opinions/concerns directly to DPS without attending a conversation.  However, I hope many community members will choose to attend and participate in constructive dialogue at each session.

Here are the dates and locations
Tuesday, March 13, 6 pm at Southern High School (800 Clayton Rd)
Thursday, March 15, 6 pm at Northern School (117 Tom Wilkinson Rd)
Tuesday, March 20, 6 pm at Jordan High School (6806 Garrett Rd)
Saturday, March 31, 10 am at the Staff Development Center (2107 Hillandale Rd)

Please RSVP online at Child care will not be provided.

Here is the link to the info on the DPS website:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Transition Fair for High School Students with Special Needs March 10th

Making the transition from high school to work and college can be challenging for any student.  For students with special needs, there is additional support needed and a variety of services designed to help those students and families.

DPS Programs for Exceptional Children will be hosting a Transition Fair on March 10, 2012 at the Staff Development Center at 2107 Hillandale Road.  The Transition Fair will provide students and their families with an opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of adult service providers and local college disability offices to gather needed information as they prepare for life after high school.  In addition to having agency displays, DPS will host training and informational sessions for parents and students on a variety of transition-related topics.  Contact Sarah Laughhunn, DPS Transition Specialist at 919-560-2689 for more information.