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Peacemakers to Host Atlanta Community Developer at Annual Banquet

Peacemakers of Rocky Mount will host its annual Hope Banquet fundraiser Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.

“This will be an incredible evening as we come together to celebrate the great things God is doing in South Rocky Mount through Peacemakers and look forward to promising plans for the future,” Executive Director Jesse Lewis said. “We are particularly excited to hear from this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Lupton.”

Over forty years ago Dr. Lupton left a budding business career to live and work in inner-city Atlanta with delinquent urban youth and rebuild urban neighborhoods. As a result, families and children in need are being empowered to grow into healthy, productive adults, positively changing the culture around them. Dr. Lupton is a Christian community developer and entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need.

Lupton has developed two mixed income subdivisions, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. He is author of several books including the widely read, Toxic Charity, Theirs is the Kingdom, Renewing the City, and the widely circulated “Urban Perspectives”, a monthly reflection on the Gospel and the poor. Bob released a new book in July 2015 titled, Charity Detox. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Georgia. At the banquet, Dr. Lupton will share his experience discussing ways to structure programs that improve the quality of the life of the poor and disenfranchised.

For $240, table sponsors will receive eight seats with dinner catered by Something Different. Individual seats are $30 each. The deadline for table sponsorship is Thursday, September 28, 2017.  For more information contact Donna Clifton at252.212.5044 or donna@rockymountpeacemakers.org.

Peacemakers is a Christian non-profit organization serving South Rocky Mount with a mission to empower members of the community with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives.

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Peacemakers Awards Millie S. Morris Scholarship

In the photo, Peacemakers Executive Director Jesse Lewis awards Takia Moody of Rocky Mount the Millie S. Morris Scholarship.

Peacemakers has awarded the Millie S. Morris Scholarship to Takia Moody of Rocky Mount. Moody attended Nash Central High School and plans to enroll at North Carolina Central University to pursue Criminal Justice studies in hopes of one day becoming an attorney.

The Millie S. Morris Scholarship was established in March 2017 in memory of Mildred “Millie” Shields Morris of Red Oak. Morris was a long-time educator in Edgecombe County and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools who passed away in June 2016. The scholarship is administered through Peacemakers of Rocky Mount. She was a devoted Christian who possessed a great passion for educating young children and was known for her heart of compassion for the students and families she served, particularly those from economically-disadvantaged households. Morris taught in Edgecombe and Nash County schools until she retired in 2015.

The Millie S. Morris Scholarship is a $1,000 annual scholarship awarded to a student attending a two or four-year accredited institution of higher learning. Students who reside in the South Rocky Mount Community, and who have been accepted to an accredited two or four-year college or university are eligible for consideration. Recipient must have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 on a scale of 5.0, or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

Peacemakers is a Christian community development organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount with a mission to empower members of the community with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives. For more information, call (252) 212-5044 or visit rockymountpeacemakers.org.

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180 Children to Benefit from Peacemakers Freedom School

Inline image 1Peacemakers of Rocky Mount will again host a summer enrichment program called Freedom School for 180 children each weekday this summer beginning June 19. In addition to the program in South Rocky Mount, the organization will operate a second location in Tarboro thanks to the generous support of Edgecombe County Schools.

Using curriculum designed by the Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom School helps rising first through ninth graders fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. “The program has gained so much popularity over the past six years that we have to turn away applicants each year,” Peacemakers Executive Director Jesse Lewis said.

Local children are taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health. The program, like many of Peacemakers’ activities, is sponsored by a number of private foundations, government agencies, and individuals. The program also offers parents and family members the support and skills they need to help their children succeed.

“As a non-profit organization, we need the community’s support through volunteerism, read-aloud guests, donated snack items and financial support,” Board Chair Kelley Deal said. “Our Freedom School is at capacity in Rocky Mount with 120 children registered; and the new Tarboro location will host 60 at Patillo Middle School. These children will participate in evidence-based curriculum fostering their appreciation for learning. Peacemakers is making a difference that will benefit the greater area for years to come, by engaging children in our community, many of whom significantly under-perform at school.”

Participants are pre and post-tested to document their progress over the eight weeks. Data from last year show on average the children increase their reading level by 14 months. “Children who participated last year, demonstrated a desire to spend time reading, when they had minimal or no desire to read at the beginning of the program,” Lewis said. Additionally, improvements are made in level of self-confidence including better self-perceptions of identity, ability to succeed academically, desire for future positive growth and understanding of career options available to them.

Peacemakers is a Christian community development 501c3 organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount, by empowering citizens with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives. Peacemakers strives to tangibly demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ in such a way that it results ultimately in the complete transformation of the community and its people.  For more information email jesse@rockymountpeacemakers.org, call 252-212-5044 or visit www.rockymountpeacemakers.org. Gifts of support are accepted throughout the year online, by mail to: 1725 Davis Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27803 and in person.

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Millie S. Morris Scholarship Established

The Millie S. Morris Scholarship was established in March in memory of Mildred “Millie” Shields Morris of Red Oak. Morris was a long-time educator in Edgecombe County and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools who passed away in June 2016. The scholarship is administered through Peacemakers of Rocky Mount.

Morris was a devoted Christian who possessed a great passion for educating young children and was known for her heart of compassion for the students and families she served, particularly those from economically-disadvantaged households. “Millie Morris’ legacy will continue for many years to come, as children in South Rocky Mount pursue higher educational opportunities, and make a positive impact on our community,” Peacemakers Board Chair, Kelley Deal said.

The Millie S. Morris Scholarship Fund awards a $1,000 scholarship annually to a student attending a two or four-year accredited institution of higher learning. Students who reside in the South Rocky Mount Community, and who have been accepted to an accredited two or four-year college or university, may apply for the scholarship. The recipient must have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 on a scale of 5.0, or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

“The scholarship is reserved for students who demonstrate financial need, academic accomplishment, and community involvement,” Deal said. Interested individuals should complete an application available at Peacemakers, provide a letter of recommendation, and submit a required essay on the topic “How do we differentiate right from wrong?”

Millie Morris was educated in the Rocky Mount city schools, and then graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and later became a National Board Certified Teacher. She taught in Edgecombe and Nash County schools until she retired in 2015.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year should be submitted by 5:00pm on May 12, 2017 in person at Peacemakers, 1725 Davis Street, Rocky Mount, NC during normal business hours, or by email to jesse@rockymountpeacemakers.com. The scholarship will be awarded on or before May 25, 2017.

Peacemakers is a Christian community development organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount with a mission to empower members of the community with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives. For more information, call (252) 212-5044 or visit rockymountpeacemakers.org.

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Donors Provide Technology Upgrades at Peacemakers

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In the photo, Manny Williams, Peacemakers Behavior Specialist and After School Coordinator, uses a new Google Chromebook at the charging station, both donated to Peacemakers by First Presbyterian Church of Rocky Mount.

Peacemakers has upgraded technology available to South Rocky Mount residents thanks to the support of The Longleaf Fund and First Presbyterian Church of Rocky Mount.

The Longleaf Fund, through its Seeds of Hope grant program, awarded capital grants in select cities in North and South Carolina in order to strengthen the character and achievement of children and youth, while encouraging communities to reach higher and create opportunities for a brighter future. The Seeds of Hope grant provided generous support to help fund the refurbishment of Peacemakers’ computer lab which serves students and adults on a daily basis.

Peacemakers features an open-access 14-unit Windows-based computer lab that is open to anyone six days per week. Neighborhood children use the lab to work on school work, while many adults utilize the lab for completing online job applications. First Presbyterian Church of Rocky Mount recently donated 12 Google Chromebooks for the lab, along with a charging station for the laptops which will allow the organization to extend the technology throughout the center.

“As a nonprofit organization, we operate on a lean budget and are grateful for the generosity of so many partnering organizations who understand the importance of our programs and services,” Peacemakers Executive Director Jesse Lewis said. “Without the funding from grants, corporations and private donors, we would not be able to serve the needs of South Rocky Mount.”

Peacemakers is a Christian community development organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount with a mission to empower members of the community with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives. Peacemakers and the Peacemakers Thrift Store are located at 1725 Davis Street in Rocky Mount. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit rockymountpeacemakers.org or call 252.212.5044.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Served

15123334_793104357495780_3088778926947814446_oResidents of South Rocky Mount participated in Peacemakers of Rocky Mount’s 2016 Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday, November 20. Peacemakers is a Christian community development organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount with a mission to empower members of the community with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives. Special thanks to donors and volunteers for helping make the event possible. Peacemakers is located at 1725 Davis Street.

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Peacemakers Fall Family Festival Draws Crowd

14917305_778223852317164_2413556315966987272_oPeacemakers held its Fall Family Festival Saturday, October 29, 2016 at their location at 1725 Davis Street in Rocky Mount. Over 200 community members and volunteers participated in games, enjoying great food and fun for all ages. Peacemakers is a Christian community development organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount in Rocky Mount with a mission of empowering members of the community with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives. For more information, or to participate in the organization’s monthly luncheon and tour, call 252.903.8856.

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We have a New Playground

More than 200 volunteers from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Peacemakers of Rocky Mount, 13443320_705873159552234_5020419340806087623_oorganizers from KaBOOM! and the community joined forces Saturday to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Peacemakers of Rocky Mount.

The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in April.

A playground serves as more than a playground — it is also a brain-expander, friend-maker and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active.

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the goal of giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play so they can thrive. With its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids.

The new playground at Peacemakers will bring more than 730 kids in Rocky Mount one step closer to having the play-filled childhood they deserve.There had been no playground at Peacemakers of Rocky Mount. In building this play space together, these organizations are making it easier for all kids to get balanced and active play.

The playground is the third of four being built in the Twin Counties and the twelfth overall by KaBOOM! and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust as part of Healthy Places NC, a long-term Trust initiative to improve the health of 10 to 12 rural North Carolina counties over the next decade. The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting children’s rights to active play at home, at school and in the community.

Peacemakers slideis a Christian community development 501(c)3 organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount by empowering residents with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina.

 

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Playground Coming!!!!

12670641_666557933483757_2133117928104657341_nGREAT NEWS! Peacemakers has been awarded a grant for a new playground for South Rocky Mount from Kaboom and the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation. This is an incredibly generous grant, but Peacemakers must raise $8,500 to contribute to the project. This project will provide children and families who live in the South Rocky Mount community with a safe place to play. It will also include 5 adult workout stations, so adults can exercise while their children play. This is another important step in our overall effort to see the transformation of this under-resourced community. Please join with us! To give, go here: http://rockymountpeacemakers.org/online-giving/ . You will have the option to direct your gift to the playground project.

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Southern Bank Invests in Peacemakers

20160216_152324-1Southern Bank presented a $5,000 gift to Peacemakers of Rocky Mount in support of the After School Program. Southern Bank has committed a $25,000 investment to Peacemakers in South Rocky Mount. Pictured from left, After School Program Coordinator, Paula Jones, Southern Bank Vice President and Community Banker, Kim Sutton and Peacemakers Executive Director, Jesse Lewis. Peacemakers is a Christian community development 501c3 organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount by empowering citizens with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives. For more information, call 252-212-5044.

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