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Durham Truancy Program Honored By Bar Association

Posted February 25, 2004 11:29 a.m. EST

— A couple of Durham County organizations are making the grade, according to the American Bar Association.

The Durham court system and Durham Public Schools will receive an award Tuesday afteroon for their Truancy Court Program.

Judges have been going into middle schools this year, meeting with students who have truancy issues and their parents, and talking constructively to kids about why they miss so much school.

The program is not designed to be adversarial, but constructive for the families.

A check for $5,000 will be awarded to Durham school Superintendent Anne Denlinger, all Durham middle school principals and Durham judges. The money will placed into an education fund.