Help Needed for Struggling Durham Nativity School Students & Families
Update from Carolyn Davidson
Durham Nativity School (DNS) has been a Westminster community partner for many years, with numerous WPC members attending their fundraising events and doing volunteer work like tutoring. The school has been changing the lives of at-risk middle school boys and their families for 20 years.
Durham Nativity School recently made the move to in-person classes on an alternating schedule four days per week. Not all students have chosen to attend in person. There is a great deal of fear of Covid-19 among the school's family population due to its impact on black and brown people. The school is paying for the technology to stream classes to students at home, many of whom must be at home to care for younger siblings. The teachers are very stretched with hybrid lesson planning.
Fear in the Durham Nativity School community is elevated as several have lost close relatives, including a father, due to Covid-19. There is great concern about layoffs for the parents who work in service industries and restaurants. The school's social worker and part-time assistant are working many long hours to help students and their families, providing funds for utility bills and groceries. The school's staff is on high alert for this vulnerable community, even at a time when its cleaning expenses have skyrocketed.
Durham Nativity School is requesting the donation of grocery store gift cards to help families buy food and retail gift cards so the families can experience some joy this holiday season. Anything the Westminster family can do to help would be very greatly appreciated. Gift cards can be mailed to: Durham Nativity School, Attention: Kim Glenn, PO Box 3537, Durham, NC 27702.