Community Service

The Community Service committees include the East Durham Children's Initiative, the Poinsettia Fundraiser, The Scholarship Committee and the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Committee.

Support Durham Public School Teachers!

2013 RESULTS:  Over 175 local businesses and organizations collected upwards of $60,000 in school supplies donated by the Durham community to support Durham Public School teachers and students. 

Durham area Rotary clubs are partnering with Crayons2Calculators for the third annual ‘“Fill that Bus!” school-supplies drive for Durham Public Schools on Saturday, August 3, 2013.  Last year the supplies drive produced over $30,000 in school supplies for Durham Public School teachers.  This year, our goal is to collect over $50,000 in supplies.

Rotarians and one bus will be located outside Office Depot and Sam’s Club, 4001 Chapel Hill Blvd. (at the corner of Shannon Rd. and Chapel Hill Blvd.) on August 3, and donors are asked to bring school supplies to help fill the bus.  A second bus will be located at the Chick-Fil-A parking lot outside Renaissance Village at 7836 Leonard Drive.

Background:

Crayons2Calculators is a Durham non-profit that aims to serve the educational and creative needs of students in the Durham Public School system by providing free school supplies to classroom teachers. Supplies help teachers be more effective and efficient in their quest to educate the next generation.

The Problem

Sixty-two percent of students in the Durham Public Schools qualify for free or reduced price lunch, which means they live at or near the poverty level. Teachers often depend on parents to bring in supplies, but in high poverty schools, parents are struggling to make ends meet and cannot help. Supply budgets have been cut in half in the last 3 years, and teachers simply do not have the tools they need to do their difficult job.  Twenty-three of the thirty elementary schools in Durham have been deemed high-poverty because more than half of the students qualify for free or reduced price lunch.

The C2C Solution

C2C believes education is society’s most important public investment. A first-class education prepares Durham students to be the next generation of active citizens, good parents, and community leaders. To ensure that all Durham students have equal access to educational resources, Crayons2Calculators operates a warehouse that provides school supplies to Durham teachers for free.

How C2C Does It

Through its storefront warehouse and special giveaway events, C2C directs supplies straight to Durham teachers. Teachers are invited to come and  “shop” for supplies. In this way, C2C advocates for strong public schools and makes teachers feel appreciated by showing visible public support. C2C runs two main programs – Monthly Shopping and Giveaway Events. Monthly shoppers are invited to come into the warehouse once a month to pick out approximately $50 worth of supplies. At Giveaway events, teachers from Durham schools are invited once or twice a year to come and choose about $100 of supplies they need for their classes.

Details:

  • The Fill that Bus! campaign will accept donations of cash and school supplies from July 1 to August 3.
  • On August 3, a yellow school bus will be located outside Office Depot and Sam’s Club, 4001 Chapel Hill Blvd. (at the corner of Shannon Rd. and Chapel Hill Blvd.) and donors are asked to bring school supplies to help fill the bus.  A second bus will be located at the Chick-Fil-A parking lot outside Renaissance Village at 7836 Leonard Drive.  Volunteers from the four Durham Rotary clubs will be on board the bus to fill it with school supplies as they arrive.
  • In addition, donors may also drop off supplies during normal business hours at any of the collection locations (see, Partners) listed below.
  • Financial donations can also be made at the collection points or online on the Crayons2Calculators web page and click Donate. Checks should be made out to Crayons2Calculators. Financial contributions will be used to purchase additional supplies as needed.
  • Individuals are encouraged to drop off school supplies, and businesses and organizations are encouraged to host their own drives.

10 Most Needed Items

  1. Pencils
  2. Markers
  3. Clipboards
  4. Copy paper
  5. Notebook paper
  6. Crayons (boxes)
  7. Composition books
  8. Staplers
  9. Highlighters
  10. Glue sticks

Other items: Calculators, Colored pencils (boxes), Construction paper, Copy paper – reams, Erasers, Hand Sanitizer, Loose Leaf Paper (packs), Pencil sharpeners, Pens (packs), Post-it notes, Supply boxes, and Tissues.

Partners:

Durham Technical Community College – 1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University – 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC, 27705

Alliance Architecture – 204 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701

Fidelity Bank – 3016 Shannon Road, Durham, NC 27707

Cleggs Termite & Pest Control – 2401 Reichard St., Durham, NC 27705

The Kitchen Specialist – 3407 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707

Durham Chamber of Commerce – 300 W. Morgan Street, Suite 1400, Durham, NC 27701

Durham Magazine – 714 Ninth St. Suite 207-A, Durham, NC 27705

Hedrick, Murray, Bryson, Kennett & Mauch – 3511 Shannon Road, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27707

Croasdaile Village – 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy, Durham, NC  27705

1520 Magnolia Apartments – 1101 Exchange Place, Durham, NC 27713

Ward & Smith

501 Realty – 4-B Consultant Place, Durham, NC 27707

American Red Cross – 4737 University Drive, Durham, NC  27707

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau – 101 E Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

Duke Corporate Education – 310 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC 27701

McPherson, Rocomora, Nicholson & Nordgren – 3211 Shannon Road, Suite 620, Durham, NC 27707

City of Durham

  • 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701 – City Manager’s Office
  • 807 E. Main Street, Bldg. 2, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 – Department of Community Development
  • 302 East Pettigrew St., Suite 190, Durham, NC 27701 – Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Joe’s Diner – 2100 Angier Avenue, Durham, NC 27703

Durham Police Department

  • 921 Holloway Street, Durham, NC
  • 5285 North Roxboro Road, Durham, NC
  • #8 Consultant Place, Durham, NC
  • 3022-B Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC
  • 516 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC
  • 505 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, N.C. 27701

PSNC Energy

Hutchings & Hutchings – 3620 Shannon Road, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27707

Investors Trust Company – 121 N. Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

YMCA

  • 218 Morgan St., Durham, NC
  • 2119 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC

Independent Weekly

Durham Public Schools

Museum of Life & Science – 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704

Cardinal State Bank, A Division of Yadkin Valley Bank

  • 115 E Carver St, Durham, NC 27701
  • 3400 Westgate Dr, Durham, NC 27707
  • 405 Main St, Creedmoor, NC 27522
  • 237 South Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Walker, Lambe, Rhudy, Costley & Gill – 240 Leigh Farm Road, Suite 100, Durham NC 27707

+Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation – 7700 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27615

Eaton Corporation – 8609 Six Forks Road  Raleigh, NC 27615

Watts Baptist Church – 800 Watts Street Durham, NC 27701

Duke University’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs – 700 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701

Morgan Creek Capital Management – 301 West Barbee Chapel Road, Suite 200, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

State Employees Credit Union

  • 504 S. Duke Street, Durham, NC
  • 3808 Guess Rd., Durham, NC
  • 3810 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham, NC

Roadmark Corporation – 320 Muldee Street, Durham, NC 27703

+Healing Waters, Healing Hands – 5019 Timberly Drive, Durham, NC 27707

+Umstead Pines at Willowhaven Country Club – 253 Country Club Drive, Durham, NC 27712

Crossfit Durham – 410 West Geer Street, Durham, NC 27701

Wooden Orthodontics – 3925 North Duke Street, Suite 121, Durham, NC 27704

Colony Park Animal Hospital – 3102 Sandy Creek Drive, Durham, NC 27705

PS International – 1414 Raleigh Rd Suite 205, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Rick’s Diner – 3710 Shannon Road , Durham, NC 27707

Brent Blaylock, DDS – 3206 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707

Michael Richter, DDS – 3001 Academy Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Empower Personal Training – 3211 Shannon Road #105, Durham, NC 27707

James A. Hoke, DDS – 3709 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707

Office Depot #122 – 4001 Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Durham Convention Center – 301 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701

Wells Fargo Advisors – 3100 Tower Blvd, University Tower, Suite 1500, Durham, NC  27707

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership – 110 Swift Avenue, Durham, NC 27705

Triangle Orthopaedics Associates

  • 4004 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham, NC 27704
  • 120 William Penn Plaza, Durham, NC 27704

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC – 1830 Chapel Hill Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Smith Breeden – 280 South Mangum Street, Suite 301, Durham, NC 27701

Durham Mother’s Club

+Piper’s Deli – 3219 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Hollow Rock Swim and Racquet Club – 5100 Erwin Road  Durham, NC 27707

+Sheer Bliss – 4015 University Drive, Suite F, Durham, NC 27707

Not Just Paper – 1010 W. Main Street, Durham, N C 27701

Gymboree Play & Music – 3515 Witherspoon Blvd., Durham, NC 27707

Parker & Otis – 112 S Duke St, Durham, NC 27701

Cozy – 770 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705

Locopops – 2604 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705

First Presbyterian Church – 305 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701

Durham Arts Council – 120 Morris Street  Durham, NC 27701

+Kramden Institute, Inc. – 4915 Prospectus Drive, Suite J, Durham, NC 27713

+The Play House Toy Store – 702 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705

Elmo’s Diner – 776 9th Street, Durham, NC 27705

Durham Regional Association of REALTORS – 4236 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707

Merrill Lynch – Southcourt Building, 3211 Shannon Road, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27707

Guglhupf Cafe, Bakery & Patisserie – 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC 27707

The Forest at Duke – 2701 Pickett Road., Durham, NC 27705

Liquidia Technologies – Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Bella Trio Day Spa – 5826 Fayetteville Road, Suites 103 110, Durham, NC 27713

Duke Energy – 4412 Hillsborough Rd  Durham, NC 27705

East Durham Children’s Initiative – 107 N. Driver St., 3rd Floor, Durham, NC 27703

Emerald Pond  – 205 Emerald Pond Ln, Durham, NC 27705

First Citizen’s Bank

Jewish Community Center – 1937 W Cornwallis Rd  Durham, NC 27705

North Carolina Central University

Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer, PA – 905 W Main St  Durham, NC 27701

Salon 105 – 2305 Orangewood Dr, Durham, NC 27705

Southcourt Building – 3211 Shannon Road, Suite 220, Durham, NC 27707

Trinity Properties – 2723 Campus Walk Ave, Durham, NC 27705

Crossfit RTP –  4909 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713

Burt’s Bees – 201 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27701

Family Care, PA – 1413 Carpenter Fletcher Road, Durham NC 27713

Metabolon – Suite 400  617 Davis Dr, Durham, NC 27713

Southpoint Pediatric Dentistry – 249 E NC Hwy 54, Suite 300, Durham, NC 27713

Activedge Fitness – 4221 Garrett Rd., Suite 1-2, Durham, NC 27707

Durham Literacy Center – 1905 Chapel Hill Road  Durham, NC 27707

Urban Durham Realty – 401 Foster Street  Durham, NC 27701

Carolina Theatre – 309 W Morgan St  Durham, NC 27701

Hope Valley Bottle Shop – 4711 Hope Valley Rd, Suite 4E, Durham, NC 27707

The Preserve at Jordan Lake Golf Club – 840 The Preserve Trail, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Fairfield – Durham, NC 27713

NC Division of Medical Assistance

Nanataco – 2512 University Dr  Durham, NC 27707

Durham Sam’s Club – 4005 Chapel Hill Blvd.  |  Durham, NC 27707

Wine Authorities – 2501 University Dr  Durham, NC 27707

Durham Rescue Mission – 507 E Knox St  Durham, NC 27701

Durham Bulls – 409 Blackwell St  Durham, NC 27701

Respite Café – 115 N. Duke St. #1A, Durham, NC 27701

Curves – 1829 MLK Jr. Parkway, Durham, NC 27707

M Andrew Design – 4905 Pine Cone Dr., Durham, NC 27707

PORCH Durham – Durham, NC

Ladies Who Love Books – Durham, NC

Bobby Mallik Endodontist – 3719 University Dr  Durham, NC 27707

Center for Functional and Aesthetic Facial Surgery – 5501 Fortune’s Ridge Dr., Durham, NC 27713

Chapel Hill Periodontics and Implants – 150 Providence Road, Chapel Hill, NC

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

  • 2823 N Duke St  Durham, NC 27704
  • 501 Eastowne Dr., Chapel Hill, NC

Ellis List, DDS – 1014 Lamond Ave  Durham, NC 27701

James Eaker, DDS – 4208 S Alston Ave  Durham, NC 27713

Julie Witte, DDS – 922 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705

William Argensinger, DDS – 1212 Broad St, Durham, NC

Ed Clemons, DDS – 5011 Southpark Dr, Durham, NC 27713

Pedro Santiago Orthodontics – 3115 Academy Road, Durham, NC 27707

Kevin Matthews, DDS – 4210 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704

Alicia Ramos, DDS – 1515 N Carolina 54  Durham, NC 27707

Catherine Ray, DMD – 2514 University Dr., Durham, NC 27707

Triangle Implant Center – 5318 N Carolina 55 #106, Durham, NC 27713

Smith Orthodontics – 2919 Colony Rd  Durham, NC 27705

Renaissance Family Dentistry – 5832 Fayetteville St #101  Durham, NC 27713

Carolina Periodontics and Implants – 3505 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707

Durham Prosthodontics – 3709 University Dr., Durham, NC 27707

Ticon Properties – 5836 Fayetteville Rd., Suite 201, Durham, NC 27713

Blenheim Woods Neighborhood – Chapel Hill, NC

Lonesource – 114 Mackenan Dr  Cary, NC 27511

St. John’s Episcopal Church – 830 Durham Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Granite Falls Recreation – 56 Pinewood Rd  Granite Falls, NC 28630

Wake Forest Methodist Church – 905 S Main St  Wake Forest, NC 27587

Drug Safety Alliance – 5003 S Miami Blvd #500  Durham, NC 27703

Anderson-Wrightwood Neighborhood – Durham, NC

Carolina Preserve at Amberly – 107 Arvind Oaks Cir  Cary, NC 27519

Duke Forest Neighborhood – Durham, NC

Hair by Design – 2617 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd  Durham, NC 27707

Hewlett-Packard – Raleigh office

Hollow Rock Swim and Racquet Club – 5100 Erwin Rd  Durham, NC 27707

Leadership Forum, Inc. – 5826 Fayetteville Road, Suite 211, Durham, NC 27713

Neal, Bradsher & Taylor CPAs – 3721 University Dr  Durham, NC 27707

Roughton, Nickelson, DeLuca Architects – 3608 University Drive, Suite 204, Durham, NC 27707

Self-Help Credit Union – 301 W Main St  Durham, NC 27701

Tammy Reichert – Durham, NC

Teresa’s on Main – 1105 W Main St  Durham, NC 27701

The Nature Conservancy – NC Field Office

Trinity Park Neighborhood – Durham, NC

Tuscaloosa-Lakewood Neighborhood – Durham, NC

Watts Street Baptist Church – 800 Watts St  Durham, NC 27701

Watts-Hillandale Neighborhood – Durham, NC

Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties – 900 South Duke Street, Durham, NC 27707

Original Q Shack – 2510 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707

Bull City Burger and Brewery – 107 E Parrish St  Durham, NC 27701

Duke Homestead State Historic Site – 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Clarion Content – 407-A North Mangum Street, Durham, NC 27701

Cat Hospital of Durham – 5319 New Hope Commons Dr. #102b  Durham, NC 27707

Boy Scouts of America,  Occoneechee Council,  Mawat ( Durham) District

Duke University Development

Stay and Play Snack Cafe – 405A East Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC

Canon Solutions America

Hana Hobbs – 2900 Croasdaile Dr, Durham, NC 27705

FHI 360 – 2224 East NC Highway 54 Durham, NC 27713

Bean Traders Inc – 105 W Nc 54 Hwy #249, Durham, NC

Children’s Campus –  7317 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC

Fitness World – 105 W Nc Highway 54 #271, Durham, NC 27713

Rise – 8200 Renaissance Pkwy, Durham, NC 27713

Hummingbird Bakery – 721 Broad St  Durham, NC 27705

Duke Pediatric Dentistry – 2711 N Duke St  Durham, NC 27704

Duke University Stores

Lofts at Lakeview – 2616 Erwin Rd  Durham, NC 27705

Belmont Apartments – 1000 McQueen Drive, Durham, North Carolina

Team Apartments – Holly Hill and Erwin Square

 

For more information:

Visit the Crayons2Calculators website. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DurhamRotaryFillThatBus.

Call or email Joyce McKinney – Assistant Governor, Durham area Rotary Clubs; Phone: 919-308-2176; E-mail jcmckinn@gmail.com

Click here to download the campaign flyer.

About Rotary International

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.

www.rotary.org/

Southwest Durham Rotary Club – Meets Thursdays at Hope Valley Country Club – 12:30 PM

Durham Rotary Club – Meets Mondays at the Durham Convention Center – 12:30 PM

North Durham Rotary Club – Meets Tuesdays at Parizade Cafe – 12:30 PM

Durham Sunrise Rotary Club – Meets Thursdays at the Millennium Hotel – 7:00 AM

About Crayons2Calculators

Crayons2Calculators (C2C) is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to serve the educational and creative needs of Durham students. C2C believes that a first-class education prepares students to be the next generation of active citizens, good parents, and community leaders. To ensure that all Durham students have equal access to educational resources, Crayons2Calculators operates a warehouse store that provides school supplies to Durham teachers for free.

www.crayons2calculators.org/

Books on Hand

Books on Hand:  So every child can read!

Books on HandDurham area and Hillsborough Rotary Clubs are partnering with the East Durham Children’s Initiative and the Durham Literacy Center on a campaign to put books in the hands of our children.

If you’re reading this now, you know the value of literacy!

Maybe you’ve just finished a book – something that interested you, inspired you or simply entertained you. Maybe books are an important part of your life, or a foundation for your life’s success. During December and January, here’s an easy and effective way to share the joy of reading with children in our community.

The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

 I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, Dr. Seuss

Results:

Thank you to all our partners who helped make the book drive a great success!

51,856 books were collected and donated to local non-profits.  The Durham Rotary clubs contributed 7,427 books to this project.

Estimates for how many book were distributed on April 13, 2013:
Read and Feed – 17,500
Book Harvest – 12,500
YMCA – 5,000
Communities in Schools of Wake County – 5,000
Taken back to Henderson for local school – 500

Recipients of books in Durham:

Book Harvest – 12,500 books

Y.E. Smith Elementary School – 3,644 books

Neal Middle School – 588 books

 

Background:

There are many reasons for the variance in the reading literacy of children ages 4-7.  However, a 20-year international study published in 2010 revealed that a significant predictor of a child’s academic success in school was the presence of books in the home.  This result was consistent regardless of nationality, parents’ level of education, or parents’ economic status.  Those students with books in their homes reached a higher level of education than those who did not.  (“Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Books and Schooling in 27 Nations”, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Volume 28, Issue 2, June 2010, pp.171-197.)

The Problem

Twenty percent of Durham’s adults (25,000 individuals) are functionally illiterate, unable to cope with everyday challenges such as completing an application form, understanding medication directions or helping a child learn to read. The children of illiterate parents are burdened with a significant disability when they begin school. With no books in the home, not having been read to as children and poor listening skills, the children of illiterate parents are likely to start school not knowing nursery rhymes, the alphabet, or colors and without the vocabulary required to comprehend instruction. These children quickly become frustrated, fall behind and eventually drop out. In addition, the children of illiterate parents often see little reason for putting forth the effort needed to succeed in school.

Correcting the situation and stopping inter-generational illiteracy, requires the support of a diverse community of people who care.

The Solution

Put books in the hands of our children so every child will have the opportunity to read.  Our objective is to collect 45,000 used and new books for elementary aged children (K-5th grades) and distribute the books to Durham Public Schools and area non-profits that support literacy.  Our goal is to increase reading literacy of elementary school age children.

Details:

  • The Books on Hand campaign will accept donations of cash and books beginning December 10.
  • Donors may also drop off new or used books during normal business hours at any of the collection locations (see, Partners) listed below.
  • Financial donations can also be made at the collection points or online on the Books on Hand web page by clicking Donate. Checks should be made out to the East Durham Children’s Initiative. Financial contributions will be used to purchase additional books as needed.
  • Individuals are encouraged to drop off books, and businesses and organizations are encouraged to host their own drives.
  • Read a book to a child and share your joy of reading.  Join the Rotary Reading Rangers.

Most Needed Books:

Fiction: ABC books, 123 counting books, color books, types of holiday books, children’s stories, multicultural picture books.

Non-Fiction:  Country books, Science, Technology, Language, Weather, Sports, Biographies, Music, Mythology, Folktales, Fairytales, Hispanic Heritage.

Book Drive Recipient Organizations

Partners:

East Durham Children’s Initiative – 107 N. Driver St., 3rd Floor, Durham, NC 27703

Durham Literacy Center – 1905 Chapel Hill Road  Durham, NC 27707

Alliance Architecture – 204 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701

501 Realty – 4-B Consultant Place, Durham, NC 27707

Urban Durham Realty – 401 Foster Street  Durham, NC 27701

Durham Rescue Mission – 507 East Knox Street  Durham, NC 27701

City of Durham

  • City Manager’s Office – 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701
  • City Attorney’s Office – 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701

Self Help – 301 West Main Street  Durham, NC 27701

Durham Public Schools

Museum of Life & Science – 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704

Croasdaile Village – 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy, Durham, NC  27705

YMCA – 218 Morgan St., Durham, NC

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau – 101 E Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

Duke University

  • Allen Building Lobby
  • Bryan Center Lobby
  • Lilly Library Service Desk
  • Perkins Administration Office
  • Smith Warehouse, Bay 6, South Side

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership – 110 Swift Avenue, Durham, NC 27705

First Citizens Bank – 4004 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, NC 27704

American Dance Festival – 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

American Red Cross – 4737 University Drive, Durham, NC  27707

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC – 1830 Chapel Hill Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Umstead Pines at Willowhaven Country Club – 253 Country Club Drive, Durham, NC 27712

Walker, Lambe, Rhudy, Costley & Gill – 240 Leigh Farm Road, Suite 100, Durham NC 27707

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University – 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC, 27705

Triangle Orthopaedics Associates

  • 4004 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham, NC 27704
  • 120 William Penn Plaza, Durham, NC 27704

Duke Corporate Education – 310 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC 27701

Moss + Ross –  4102 Westfield Drive, Durham, NC 27705

Sarah P. Duke Gardens – 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC 27708-0341

 

For more information:

Visit the Books on Hand website.  Follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Call or email Tammi Brooks – Durham Rotary Club; Phone:  919-308-4910; E-mail tammi.brooks@gmail.com.

For information about Rotary Reading Rangers, call or email Todd Taylor – Durham Rotary Club; Phone: 919-680-5030; Cell: 919-649-5568; E-mail todd.taylor@dukece.com.

To drop off books at the Durham Literacy Center contact Reggie Hodges – Durham Rotary Club; E-mail: rhodges@durhamliteracy.org; Phone: (919)  489-8383.

Click here to download the Books on Hand campaign flyer.

About Rotary International

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.

www.rotary.org/

Southwest Durham Rotary ClubMeets Thursdays at Hope Valley Country Club – 12:30 PM

Durham Rotary ClubMeets Mondays at the Durham Convention Center – 12:30 PM

North Durham Rotary ClubMeets Tuesdays at Parizade Cafe – 12:30 PM

Durham Sunrise Rotary ClubMeets Thursdays at the Millennium Hotel – 7:00 AM

Hillsborough Rotary Club – Meets Thursdays at the Village Diner – 7:00 AM

About East Durham Children’s Initiative

The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) is committed to changing outcomes and expectations for children and families living in a 120-block area of East Durham. Modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, EDCI aims to reach this goal by providing a pipeline of high-quality services that starts with children at birth and continues with them through elementary school, middle school and high school.

EDCI does not act alone. Working together with community members and partner organizations, EDCI develops and coordinates new and existing services to best meet the needs of approximately 3,000 children and youth living in the zone. EDCI works to identify barriers that might prevent EDCI kids from succeeding at school and then partners with local organizations to creatively reduce or eliminate those obstacles using strategies that have been shown to be effective.

http://edci.org/

About Durham Literacy Center

The Durham Literacy Center (DLC),established in 1985, provides vital literacy empowerment services in the Durham community. Through individual literacy tutoring for adults and classes for Durham County residents who speak a first language other than English, the DLC structured literacy programs empower the lives of residents who want to enrich their lives by improving their literacy skills. Each year, the DLC provides assistance to 550 Durham residents who lack basic literacy skills.

The DLC believes that by educating adults, we are also educating children. The DLC is one of the few organizations in Durham County that devotes 100% of its effort and resources to literacy. The DLC has helped give Durham residents the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives and the lives of their families. In so doing, DLC has helped build a stronger community.

https://sites.google.com/site/durhamliteracy/

Reading Rangers Update – The Posse Grows!

Howdy Buckaroos, we have been on the Literacy Trail for a little while and thought it would be a good time to update you on our progress.  What a great ride we have had so far!  Dr. Lewis Ferebee spoke to our club and challenged us to make a difference in 20 children.   As of 30 October, we have 33 Rangers signed up and YE Smith Elementary school reports that we have already touched 80 children!  We have a particular focus on 12 students who need consistent assistance.  We would like to bump up this number. Of our 33 Rangers, all but one are Rotarians; one Ranger is from Duke Corporate Education. We are presenting to other individuals and groups as well to increase the number and awareness of the program to the wider community.    Every week more Rangers come on board.  Some Rangers have been working in a tag team fashion where two Rotarians alternate weeks.  This reduces the burden on each Ranger and yet provides consistency for the children.  The only down side is the overall reduction in the number of students receiving assistance.

Y.E Smith is extremely well run and thrilled to have the involvement of Rotary’s Reading Rangers.  Rangers check in and are initially escorted to the classrooms where the teachers are ready with materials for the Rangers to work on.   We work on literacy skills, especially reading, but sometimes we may be asked to assist with other things such as math.  The need is driven by the student and the teacher.

Currently, Rangers tend to volunteer on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s, which is wonderful!  We would like to encourage new Rangers to help complete the week with more visits on Monday and Thursday.  This would give the students consistency and focus throughout the week, and should help the students make the greatest strides.   Given that many of these children do not have positive male role models, male Rotary Reading Rangers are encouraged; however, we want as many Rangers as possible.  Of our 33 Rangers, 45% are male.

We were treated to onsite training by the staff of YE Smith.  They covered some key principles and encouraged Rangers to encourage comprehension with reviews or materials read.  Rangers need to remind students to “think about thinking”, when they read.  An additional training opportunity will be conducted by the school near the end of November.  Tentatively we are considering 29 November at 4:30 PM at YE Smith.  The School wishes to share the Depth of Knowledge part of the Common Core Curriculum so the Rangers can reinforce the vocabulary the school uses when working with the students.

Finally, Y.E. Smith has a program that they call “Friday Clubs”.  These are held Friday afternoon to allow outsiders to share experiences, hobbies, or interests with the students.  If you have a passion, or would simply like to be a guest presenter at one of the Friday Club events, just let Todd Taylor know.

We have been published!  Check out these links:

http://www.durhamvoice.org/rotarians-don-reading-caps-to-promote-literacy/#more-9014

http://durhamrotaryclub.org/2012/08/reading-rangers/

We are encouraged by the efforts of our Ranger Posse.  Thanks to all for making such a difference.

Yee-haw keep moving along the Literacy Trail.

Submitted by Todd Taylor

Program Report – DPS Chief-of-Staff Dr. Lewis Ferebee

Rotarian David Reese, Director of the East Children’s Children’s Initiative, introduced Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Chief of Staff, Durham Public Schools, by reminding us all that today is the first day of school in Durham County. Thousands of students are in their classrooms even as we sat and got ready to listen to him speak.

Dr. Ferebee started by saying that he stands on the shoulders of many, and that, in the Rotary spirit of Service above Self, he lives by the motto “To whom much is given, much is expected”.

At DPS the focus on literacy is because literacy is the foundation of all learning. Up until third grade students learn to read, after that they read to learn.

Literacy is the main focus of President Stanger’s term, so our Reading Rangers program is intended to play a role in Dr. Ferebee’s search for a community volunteer program. When a student is reading below grade level, engaging community volunteers becomes an important way to teach reading skills as well as a love of reading for life. Studies show that a significant relationship with an adult outside the home can make a huge impact in a young person’s life. Therefore a community group such as Rotary is a great partner. [Read more…]

Crayons2Calculators – Press Release

Here is the press release distributed to local media with a wrap-up of the Crayons2Calculators campaign. This was a collaboration of several Durham Clubs. Tammi Brooks and Past President Newman Aguiar were part of the leadership team that put the effort together. Last week in her update at the meeting Tammi told a story of a gentleman who pulled all the money out of his wallet in front of the Office Depot. I happened to be there too and his story of how a Rotary scholarship to study abroad in France had changed his life from one of privilege to one of service. A lot of kids in Durham will never have that kind of an opportunity but we can make sure that they have the basic tools like pencils and paper to start them on the path to being literate and productive citizens.  Be sure to scan the list of Community Partners and at the end of the release and consider them for your needs.

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ROTARYLEDSCHOOLSUPPLIES DRIVE GENERATES RECORD CONTRIBUTIONS FROMDURHAMCOMMUNITY

DURHAM,N.C.- More than 90 Durham-area organizations are expected to contribute in excess of $20,000 in school supplies as part of a record-breaking summer drive byDurhamarea Rotary Clubs and local non-profit Crayons2Calculators to help county schoolchildren begin the new year properly equipped.

As the campaign wraps up, it has already recorded more than $18,600 in crayons, notebooks, glue sticks and other school supplies donated during the month-long, countywide initiative which culminated August 18 with “Fill that Bus!” Durhamresidents filled an entire school bus with supplies. “Fill that Bus!” is a community project coordinated by the fourDurhamarea Rotary Clubs in partnership with Crayons2Calculators.

As the broader campaign to equip school kids properly now winds down, Rotarians continue to work with Crayons2Calculators (C2C) to tally up remaining supplies expected to exceed $20,000 in value.  Rotary International provided $6,000 in cash, which was part of a District Simplified Grant byDurham’s four area Rotary clubs to support the initiative and underscore their enhanced efforts to fight illiteracy. The campaign also yielded an additional $745 in cash donations fromDurhamresidents and organizations.  Students atDukeUniversityare continuing the campaign by collecting supplies in bins located in the student dormitories. [Read more…]

Taking Aim at Literacy: Rotary Reading Rangers

Hey Pod’na, I’m Todd Taylor and another old cowboy, President Don Stanger, asked me to herd you doggies into one of the most important missions we have undertaken in many a moon. So lets put the cowboy stuff aside for awhile and get down to business.

One of this year’s major strategic objectives for the Durham Rotary Club is taking aim on the issue of literacy inDurham.   Some studies show that 44% of Durham Students are illiterate; this is a significant social issue.

To begin tackling this issue, our club has partnered with the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI), Bootstraps, Teach for America, Southwest Durham Rotary and local schools YE Smith Elementary, Neal Middle and Southern High School.  Our method is to start small and grow our participation.  Durham Rotary has formed Rotary’s Reading Rangers, volunteers to work with teachers and help students read.  We have begun with YE Smith Elementary School.  In the 2011-2012 school year, Rotarians volunteered to assist teachers in Kindergarten – 2nd grade by reading with students.  In the 2012-2013 school year,Durham and Southwest Rotary Clubs have secured a matching grant from the Rotary District to provide $3800 to the school library.  These funds will be used to purchase up to date non-fiction books to allow students to do current research and study.  In conjunction with the book purchase, the Rotary Reading Rangers will continue.  Our goal is to provide at least 4 reading partners per week.  Each Reading Ranger will read and work with a child or group of children for an hour per session.   Obviously the more volunteers we get, the more students we can assist.

This effort would serve as a basis to learn lessons on ways to inspire kids to read.  To encourage children, and ensure success, it is recommended that Rotarians invest some time reading to a child.  Taking an hour during the school day to read to a child, demonstrates that reading is important and the child is worth an adult’s time.  Many of the students at YE Smith do not have much one-on-one parental or adult interaction around reading.  Rotary’s Reading Rangers will provide that attention to the children.

  • Rangers would begin in September and will continue throughout the remainder of the school year.  If successful, we will look to organize something to keep up the effort over the following summer when children tend to ignore their reading skills.
  • Volunteers would be expected to read for at least an hour with a child.
  • Volunteers would communicate with the school coordinator to ensure the child’s work was documented: credit, star, vote, etc.
  • Volunteers would have to register online with Durham Public Schools as a volunteer.  The process takes about 2 weeks.  https://ec.volunteernow.com/recruiter/index.php?class=VolunteerRegistration&recruiterID=1343
  • Volunteers are allowed to keep all smiles and goodwill from the children.

The growth potential will be evaluated as the program unfolds.  Interested volunteers will be given some basic training the methods and processes the school prefers.  We hope to expand the program to include some after school opportunities.  We understand the school day is challenging for many club members.  Additionally, we will strive to work with parents so the support network at home is strengthened.  Often the parents are insecure about their abilities to support the children and we hope to encourage and support the family unit as we grow the program.

The program is not limited to Rotary Members only.  If members have co-worker that is interested in helping, all they need to do is register with DPS as indicated above and they may participate.  This has the benefit of expanding the program outside Rotary to the wider community and showing the community some of the work Rotary does.  Time tables and opportunities will be clearly presented and communicated. 

We are proud of this initiative and look forward to taking aim on literacy and making a positive impact on our community and the future of these children.  Please consider joining the Reading Rangers in this important work.

Submitted by Todd Taylor