Eastway third-grade teacher Turquoise LeJeune Parker gives her student DeAsiah a hug before her class heads off for lunch. Parker's students take their first end-of-grade test this year. Parker says the looming test makes her nervous. But in these last few weeks of school, she’s trying to prepare her students without making them more anxious. She’s also trying to keep her classroom exciting. Photo by Jess Clark/ WUNC #eastwayelementary #education #durham #northcarolina #wuncphotos
Eastway third grade student Kayden works with her classmates to disassemble a computer at Eastway Elementary School in Durham. Eastway got an 'F' last year on its school report card, which is based on how well kids perform on their end-of-grade tests. And while the school has made steady progress over the last couple years on improving test scores, less than 20 percent of its third graders tested at proficient or grade-level in reading last year. Photo by Jess Clark/ WUNC #eastwayelementary #education #durham #northcarolina #wuncphotos
A vintage Cheerwine delivery truck on display at the company's 100-year-old celebration. It’s a big year for Cheerwine, the cherry-flavored soda with a cult-like following that has been run by the same family for a century. Despite major competition from other southern beverage powerhouses like Coca Cola and Pepsi, North Carolina’s Cheerwine is still going strong and expanding. Photo by Leoneda Inge/ WUNC #cheerwine #salisbury #northcarolina #wuncphotos
Justin Ashley was a star teacher at McAlpine Elementary School in Charlotte. In 2013 he won state awards naming him “Teacher of the Year” in history and social studies. But his personal life was falling apart. Ashley says he had $100 in his bank account and a worsening prescription drug addiction.
Chuck Davis, the founder of the African American Dance Ensemble died Sunday in Durham. Davis is most known as a choreographer of African Dance and was called Baba Chuck. He founded the Chuck Davis Dance Company in New York, in the 1960s. The North Carolina native later moved back to the Triangle and then founded the African American Dance Ensemble in 1983.
A new report from the Economic Policy Institute paints a more hopeful picture for those wearing caps and gowns than in several years. Members of the Class of 2017 have better job prospects than their peers who graduated in the aftermath of the Great Recession, according to the report. Unemployment rates for young high school and young college graduates have returned to within one percentage point of their pre-recession levels and wages are continuing to slowly recover.
Environmental groups have grown as concerned, and in some cases even more concerned, about natural gas than coal and warn that a continued reliance on this fossil fuel for energy production could push the earth’s temperatures to heights from which she won’t be able to recover.
James Raines sings in the men's choir at Holland Chapel AME Zion Church in Chatham County. He was born in rural Chatham County, the oldest of eight children. Raines said when he turned 18, he got tired of working on the farm. Raines followed an uncle to New York in the 1950s, and eventually settled in Camden, New Jersey. He worked for an aluminum company for 42 years, before returning to Durham. Photo by Leoneda Inge/ WUNC #reversemigration #greatmigration #retirement #chathamcounty #northcarolina #wuncphotos
Nearly six million African-Americans left the south between 1910 and 1970 during a period known as the Great Migration. Most settled in and around New York. Now, many of those who left are steadily returning home to North Carolina to retire in a Great Reverse Migration. Among them is James Sanders Jr., who enjoys his yoga class in Durham. He left New York to return home and retire in Durham. Photo by Leoneda Inge/ WUNC #reversemigration #greatmigration #durham #northcarolina #wuncphotos