Help save toy store
The Playhouse is a wonderful example of what makes Durham great! Owned by a strong black woman – independently run for over 30 years – putting quality toys, gifts, and books into the hands of our children.
Through the ups and downs that has been Ninth Street over the last several years, Playhouse has worked hard to stay open.
To stay competitive with the ever changing district, Donna Frederick is planning on changing her business model to a focus on science and math programs for ages 2 - 13.
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What Luebke struggled for
It was a shock to open the newspaper and learn that Paul Luebke had died. For years he has been a voice crying in the wilderness of Jones Street, and his successor will be taking on a great responsibility. Paul spoke out for the poor, the disadvantaged, the powerless, and especially those in need of a good education.
He was of course mostly unable to stem the anti-education tide in the legislature, but perhaps he was able to slow it down at times.
The fact, though, is that if we in Durham want an excellent educational system, we need – on our own – to fill the gaps in what the state provides. And the gaps will continue to be there; note McCrory's intention to expand pre-K “as funding becomes available.” Unfortunately, that is the attitude of too many legislators, and as long as tax cuts are the priority, education never will be, and funding will not just “become available.”
So we in Durham must decide, and let our county commissioners know how we feel: Do we want a few dollars shaved off our tax bills, or are we willing to pay a bit extra for an ed ucational system we are proud to send our own children through, an educational system that prepares all Durham’s children for healthy, productive citizenship?
In memory of Paul Luebke, It would be appropriate to dedicate ourselves to accomplishing – for Durham – what he struggled to do for us and the rest of our state.
Christopher B. Sanford
Help build tomorrow’s workforce
Here is an important program positively impacting our community and ways you can get involved.
The Durham YouthWork Internship Program is an annual program matching young people with paid summer internships. These internships prepare youth by teaching career-readiness skills and providing work experience. Have you thought about hosting an intern? This is a great way to introduce talented young people to a career in hospitality.
Research shows work-based learning, such as summer internships, motivates young people to stay in school and graduate. Internships benefit not only the participating students, but also help build a talent pipeline for employers and create prosperity for our community. This is especially important in the hospitality and tourism sector where having a well-trained workforce is crucial to attracting and serving visitors.
YouthWork has connected young people in Durham to summer employment opportunities for more than 30 years. The program is offered by the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Durham Workforce Development Board, Durham County, Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College, Made in Durham and My Brother’s Keeper. Those are all well-respected organizations in our community who have a proven track record of success.
Are you an employer? Consider offering a summer 2017 internship to a young person (ages 14-24) looking for job skills and experience. The average cost is $2,000 for 6-8 weeks at 30 hours per week. There are a limited number of subsidized internships available.
President and CEO
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
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