More information on fund raising and transportation is presented below, but here are the more important links for your convenience. Please register using the “I’m going…” button below even if driving on your own so we can connect with you once we arrive.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Support educators and parents as they join the rally to fight for our students on May 16th, the first day the NC General Assembly is back in session. We are raising funds to provide food to students who rely on their public school for breakfast and lunch, to help offset wages lost by custodians still on contract, and to provide shared transportation for educators from Durham to the capitol. Click the link to help us fight for the schools we all deserve!
Educators and parents need your support as we rally together to fight for our students on May 16th, the first day the NC General Assembly is back in session. We are also partnering with community and faith based organizations that are stepping up to support Durham students if school closes on May 16 by providing food and, in some cases child care.
Depending on how events unfold, funds will be used in Durham to:
- support the costs of food and care for affected students and families when school is closed May 16.
- cover the logistical costs of renting buses and vans to transport people to the General Assembly.
- if necessary, provide support to hourly Durham Public School staff, who are at risk of losing pay on May 16.
We are hosting another Community Planning Meeting on May 10th from 6- 7:30 at First Calvary Baptist Church for anyone who is interested in participating in the efforts to feed and take care of our kids on May 16th.
Several faith communities and local organizations have stepped up to ensure that students will have food on May 16th including:
Westminster Presbyterian Church, YMCA of the Triangle, Summit Church, World Overcomers Church, First Presbyterian Church, United Methodist Church, Watts Street Baptist Church, St. Johns Baptist Church, Emmaus Way Church, PORCH
Along with countless individual community members, parents, and PTAs
The North Carolina Council of Churches graciously facilitated a planning meeting with several of the above mentioned churches to organize efforts.
Pastor Davis of First Calvary Baptist Church is opening his doors to allow for this next planning meeting to continue the organization of the Durham community.
If anyone is interested in supporting us, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING
For those needing transportation support, arrangements are currently being planned to include buses and/or 15-passenger vans to bring students, parents, educators, and other supporters to Raleigh on May 16, 2018. Please click on the following link and provide all the necessary information:
Park-and-Ride arrangements are currently being planned, with potential park-and-ride lots for bus, van, and carpool riders located at Riverside High School (map), Hillside (map), and Southern (map). More information to follow.
For those traveling by car, parking information and facilities can be found here: http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/get-around/parking.
Durham Public Schools has created contingency plans for both International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) Exams scheduled for May 16, 2018 in the event that substitute proctor coverage is required.
Nutrition support for students
Durham Public Schools has arranged for breakfast and lunch to be available for pick up at 13 area schools. More information about DPS sponsored food can be found here. Information on community-supported nutrition options will be posted as soon as it is available. See the Community Resources and fund raising sections above to contribute!
The Durham Association of Educators is coordinating with community partners to provide child care opportunities for those parents who depend on schools to keep their children safe when they are at work. Information on community-supported childcare options will be posted as soon as it is available. See the Community Resources and fund raising sections above to contribute! Additionally, the following businesses and organizations have announced childcare options:
YMCA of the Triangle
The YMCA will offer Teacher Workday Care at the Downtown Durham YMCA and Hope Valley Farms YMCA from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at each location. The standard daily care fees have been reduced to $25 for May 16. Attendees should bring non-perishable snacks and lunch. Capacity will be limited on May 16 based on available facilities and staffing.
Register for YMCA here. Registration is also available at any Durham branch locations.
Notasium is offering a Teacher Workday Camp on May 16th from 9am to 4pm for $49 (20% sibling discount). There will options for early drop-off at 8:30 AM and/or late pickup by 5:00 PM. The cost will be an extra $5 each additional time period.
Durham Arts Council
The Durham Arts Council is offering a day camp for students on May 16 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. The cost of tuition is $38.
Bull City Gymnastics
Bull City Gymnastics will host a Spring Fever Camp on May 16th, 2018. Full-day camps are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Campers should bring their own lunch and snack for the morning and afternoon. Snacks and drinks are also available for purchase at BCG. Campers should wear a leotard or comfortable play clothes. Full-day camp tuition is $48. Extended day options are available at $4 per add-on, per child: Before Care (8-9am) and After Care (4-5:30pm)
HOLY INFANT TO OFFER MAY 16 TEACHER WORKDAY CARE
In response to the decision for Durham County & Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools to close on Wednesday, May 16th for educators to rally for fair work wages & improvement in school conditions, Holy Infant will offer a day-long program, including a lunch meal & snacks, for school-aged children of our parish. Space is limited. Childcare will be available from: 7:45 AM to 4 PM.
Requested Donation at Sign-up: $10
We are also recruiting adults and teens to help. Please let Leanne or Lynn know if you can help for any part of the day. Snack donations welcome.