Achievement Academy of Durham receives Duke Community Care Grant

October 23, 2017

Achievement Academy of Durham was awarded a $1,500 grant from the Duke Doing Good in the Neighborhood Community Care Fund in October. The grant will sponsor a neighborhood-focused project, “Connecting to the Crest Street Community.”

Through this project, three graduates of AAD”s GED program will dive into the history of Crest Street, the neighborhood in which the school resides. Students will select members of the community with whom to conduct interviews to gain insights into their experiences and perspectives of growing up and living in Crest Street.

Following the interviews, students will transcribe their interview recordings and use the lessons and insights from the interview subjects to construct a curriculum for future social studies classes. The curriculum will be based on skills that are necessary to pass the GED social studies test.

To wrap up the project, students will present some of their key findings to their peers at AAD and learn how to represent the project on their own resumes.

The Community Care Fund grant-making program is funded by Duke”s Doing Good in the Neighborhood employee giving campaign and coordinated by Duke University”s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs. Learn more about the campaign at

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