Our experience at E.K. Powe has been so positive and affirming, we have become true advocates for the school and for the Durham Public Schools system. The test scores and “report cards” only focus on the deficiencies and rarely highlight the strengths of schools. To fully understand E.K. Powe is to know about its creative, caring, committed teachers, its strong history in Durham, its diverse, welcoming, and supportive community of families, its active PTA, its gardens, its dedicated science teacher and classroom, its partnerships with community organizations, and its dynamic new principal.
The teachers and administration are committed to instilling not just book knowledge but a sense of caring, responsibility, and good citizenship in our children. Children learn to take care of each other — not just from books but by doing. A perfect example of this is the 2011 Jammin’ for Japan concert — suggested by a second grader, organized in three weeks, and successful in raising over $1000 for tsunami relief. Earlier in the year, the classrooms held craft sales to help the second grade buy a goat through Heifer International. The school strives to meet the needs of all families so their children will thrive. This is no ordinary school. It is a beloved community.