Friends of Lakewood Elementary PTA

Book Harvest Mural Project

In collaboration with Book Harvest, a new mural by Ben Hamburger was added to the school!

Every year, Book Harvest works with Jumpstart and their Read for the Record program, in which a selected book is read by school children all over the country.

This year, the book was Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, Illustrated by Rafael López, which depicts a young girl inspiring and beautifying her community through public art and community. This inspired Daniele Berman of Book Harvest to propose a collaborative reading and mural project with art created by Ben Hamburger and inspired by the book. Our principal James Hopkins loved the idea and involved all of the children at the school to read the book and make their own mark on the mural.

The final day of painting was a celebration, involving the entire school and many community leaders such as school board members and Durham Mayor Steve Schewel.

We hope you enjoy the time-lapse video capturing the process above, and we will add more photos as well.

Check us out on the ABC 11 nightly news for more!

Featured Club

Girls on the Run Has Started!

Lakewood Elementary is a Girls on the Run site for Fall 2018!

Sessions are currently being held twice a week and they're off to a great start!

¡Las muchachas en la carrera han comenzado!

La Escuela Primaria Lakewood es un sitio Girls on the Run para el otoño de 2018!

Las sesiones se llevan a cabo dos veces por semana y tienen un gran comienzo!

Walk to School Club

Our Walk to School Club should be back in the Spring!

Walk & Bike to School Day 2017

We are proud that the North Carolina Department of Transportation chose to feature our Walk to School Day as their sponsored event this year!

We think Walk to School Day is a great opportunity to show support for child and youth pedestrian and bicyclist safety in our community. Read more about the event at

Our event this year was a huge success! We would like to thank everyone that came out and supported us, including but not limited to:

- City of Durham Transportation for providing traffic control and assistance

- City of Durham Police for those cool motorcycle cops

- NCDOT, Safe Routes to School Partnership, and Active Routes to School for assistance and deciding to feature our school.

- Wendy Jacobs, Brenda Howerton, and Heidi Carter from the Durham County Board of Commissioners for attending

- Don Moffitt from the Durham City Council for attending and speaking at the assembly

- Matt Sears from the Durham School Board for attending and speaking

- Julie White from NCDOT for speaking at the assembly

- The Scrap Exchange for hosting

- i9 Sports for donating snack bags for the kids

- Dan Bock for the drone video

- Cocoa Cinnamon for bringing out trays of fresh churros impromptu during the walk

- Parents for showing up and getting your kids there early

- School Staff for helping chaperone the students safely

- Principal Hopkins for being willing to go big this year

It was so much fun!

Our Mission

The purpose of the Friends of Lakewood Elementary PTA is the same as of National PTA and the NCPTA:

a. To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship;

b. To raise the standards of home life;

c. To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth;

d. To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth;

e. To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

About Us

Who We Are / Quienes somos

The Friends of Lakewood Elementary PTA accepts any parents, teachers or community members who want to help the children at Lakewood Elementary in Durham, North Carolina.

La PTA de Amigos de la Escuela Lakewood acepta a los padres, maestros o miembros de la comunidad que quieran ayudar a los niños en la Escuela Primaria Lakewood en Durham, Carolina del Norte.

What We Do / Qué Hacemos

We are an independent non-pro t advocacy organization dedicated to improving students’ lives at home and at school. We decide together what we value and want to advocate for. We then work with Lakewood Elementary to create and support programs and make improvements to the school.

Somos una organización sin nes de lucro independiente dedicada a mejorar las vidas de los estudiantes en casa y en la escuela. Decidimos juntos lo que valoramos y queremos defender. Luego trabajamos con la Escuela Primaria Lakewood para crear y apoyar programas y mejorar la escuela.

When We Meet / Cuando nos encontramos

We meet throughout the year to discuss and vote on priorities. There are 3 full PTA meetings and more frequent board meetings that all are welcome to attend.

Nos reunimos durante todo el año para votar sobre las prioridades. Hay 3 reuniones de PTA completas y reuniones de la Junta más frecuentes que todos son bienvenidos a asistir.

Where We Meet / Donde nos vemos

We typically hold full PTA meetings at the school. Board meetings may be at the school or at a member’s house.

Generalmente celebramos reuniones completas de la PTA en la escuela. Las reuniones de la Junta pueden ser en la escuela o en la casa de un miembro.

Why Join / Por qué unirse

You can help decide our priorities for the school! The more help we have, the more we can accomplish!

¡Usted puede ayudar a decidir nuestras prioridades para la escuela! ¡Cuanto más ayuda tengamos, más podremos lograr!

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