Giving Back to Our Community
October Update
Welcome to DEPC's new monthly newsletter. Each month we will include features, profiles, news and events of the Partnership. This month we are featuring a local Champion for Children and promoting the Attendance Matters campaign. We'd love your feedback and ideas. Please share them here:
Steve Felton: Giving back, paying it forward
To Steve Felton, giving back to his community and building a strong foundation for its future, are what drives his passion for service to a city that has much family history. His family roots run deep here in the twin counties.

Felton grew up in Edgecombe County and today is a successful financial planner and franchise owner with Ameriprise Financial, Inc. in Rocky Mount.  He is focused on giving back to his community and honoring the legacy of Lula Flye Felton, the Felton family matriarch, who was a resident at the old Rocky Mount YWCA located in downtown Rocky Mount many years ago. That building, which gave home to so many in the community and was the center of so much activity, is known today as the Down East Partnership for Children (DEPC).

Next year, the DEPC will be celebrating 25 years of service to the twin counties. It is sill a hub for families and children. Today more than 3,200 people visit the Family Resource Center each year. It provides services for families through Family First, a resource that connects families to hundreds of services and information based on individual need. There are parenting classes, playgroups, nutrition education classes, community gardens and a state of the art playground.

Felton is a champion for DEPC and focused on not only leaving a legacy for his family but for the community. He wishes his great-grandmother could see all of the wonderful things happening in the community now. He toured the Family Resource Center recently and even stopped to see the room where his great-grandmother lived and shared stories about visiting her and her friends and meals they shared together at 215 Lexington Street.

“There’s so much love in this building,” Felton said. “This building has been such a blessing over the years. My family’s roots are right here in Rocky Mount. I am honored to have the opportunity to provide the type of investment that can help children and the youth of this community to stay in Rocky Mount and build the future.”

Felton continued, “The legacy in this building started long before the Partnership came to be. We have an opportunity to continue to pay it forward for future generations. This community has seen changes and challenges over the years but has never lost its commitment to service and the bonds people have forged with each other. We have an opportunity to continue this legacy of service to family and community as well as a commitment to sustaining its future.”

“Partners like Steve are what this community is all about,” said Henrietta Zalkind, DEPC’s executive director. “His passion and commitment to tell others about the work of the partnership have been such a blessing to us. He is dedicated to ensuring that his family legacy will continue here and that the work of the partnership and this resource center will touch many more lives in the future.” 

This is the first in a series of profiles of community and partnership champions as a part of DEPC’s 25 th anniversary. 
Why does attendance matter?
Students who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by third grade and are more likely to have poor attendance in later grades.

DEPC's 25th Anniversary Coming Soon!
As we are moving toward the end of the calendar year, DEPC is making plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2018! Stay tuned for more information about ways you can celebrate
with us and leave your legacy here in the
Twin Counties.
Party in the Park!
Last week's Party in the Park brought more than 150 children and families to Discovery Park for an afternoon of fun. Participants enjoyed food tastings, movement activities and story time. Information stations from our community partners offered great health and safety tips and parenting resources. Children were also able to help plant a garden and participate in a hands-on pumpkin activity. Thanks to all who participated. We look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Check out this brief slideshow from the day!

Westside Church of Christ donates backpacks
Big thanks to Westside Church of Christ for helping supply Back To School Supplies to Migrant Families at Edgecombe County Public Schools Migrant Program Parent Advisory Committee . Susan Stanfield said this shows that although the church is small, they can do big things together. She attended a meeting in Tarboro to present the backpacks to young children with Viola Barnes-Gray, DEPC's Ready Communities Coordinator and Angel Leon Armenta
Migrant Recruiter, for Edgecombe County Public Schools Migrant Program.
Tidal Wave Event a Success!
Many thanks to Tidal Wave Auto Spa for partnering with DEPC for its annual charity day. It was a great day and we appreciate all those who came out to support this event. Debra Lanham, DEPC Research & Development Director, accepts the donation from Dan Harvie, Site Leader at Tidal Wave Auto Spa located on Benevenue Road. Plans are already set to host another event next September!
DEPC Calendar of Events

Triple P Seminar Series
(Positive Parenting)
November 14, 2017 6 to 8 p.m.
Raising Resilient Children
Dinner begins at 5:30 with the seminar lasting from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
 Call 252-985-4300 to register.

November 28, 2017
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Please remember DEPC this Giving Tuesday.