December 16, 2014

When Elmo's Diner opened in Durham in 1997, co-owner Cammie Brantley knew the local business had immense opportunity to give back to its community. 


More than 15 years later, and with a sister location open in Carrboro, the team at Elmo's continues to invest in impactf...

December 16, 2014

Zellua Sistrunk-Moore joined Communities In Schools of Durham in August 2013 as the Graduation Coach at Durham Performance Learning Center, a nontraditional, credit-recovery high school. Zellua shares what brought her to CIS and what she hopes to accomplish in the upco...

December 15, 2014

For Trevor*, a holiday break from school isn't always a cause for excitement. The Durham Performance Learning Center (PLC) senior is one of 16.2 million youth in the U.S. who struggle with hunger.


“We have a handful of kids whose reason for coming to school is tha...

December 12, 2014

Katelyn* dreams of one day working in forensics. A junior at the Durham Performance Learning Center (PLC), a credit-recovery high school, Katelyn gets excited about field trips to nearby college and university campuses—she would be the first in her immediate family to...

December 10, 2014

During her first year at the Durham Performance Learning Center (PLC), Maya* found it hard to stay motivated to make it to school each day. Of the first 10 weeks in the semester, she made it to school only about half of the time.


“She was working, so she had to ma...

December 9, 2014

Technology and interactive apps are some of the best ways to capture a student's attention in today's classroom. Even the most disengaged student can find excitement in fighting off zombies by solving math problems or navigating a plane while learning about the parts...

December 8, 2014

“It's imperative to give students the opportunity to use different forms of technology to enhance their skills,” says Brittany Gregory, a Student Support Specialist at Y. E. Smith Elementary School. “In the classroom, students are given opportunities to use technology...

December 5, 2014

Caleb*, a fourth grader at Eastway Elementary Schools, isn't interested in the types of books his fellow students are. Caleb won't read about knights on fantastical journeys, or a boy sailing to an island inhabited by wild beasts, or a talking pig and his wise spider...

December 4, 2014

For underprivileged youth, the chance is explore the world beyond the four corners of their city or town is a rare one. But finding unique ways to expand a student's horizon is an important goal for Communities In Schools of Durham. Learning about different cultures a...

December 3, 2014

Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis said it best: “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”


But for a child reading below grade level, a book can seem like an unapproachable, daunting challenge. At Communitie...

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