Debra Dickerson is the owner of Coastal Speech Center. She has two sons and is the board chair for Communities in Schools.
Charles Chrestman is the president of Robeson Community College. His family is originally from outside of Tupelo, Miss. He and his wife are both college educators.
The two will come together to compete in the Dancing with the Robeson County Stars competition on March 24 at the Southeastern Agricultural Center. The United Way event asks community members to support their favorite couple by voting with a $10 donation.
They have had one practice session so far.
“Actually (it went) a little better than I thought,” Chrestman said. “I’m really one of those individuals where I enjoy music and everything but I was not born with a dancing gene. … We are going to have a good time with it.”
Chrestman doesn’t want to divulge the type of dance they will perform.
“I’ve been partnered with a lady that’s full of energy and everything so let me just say it will not be a slow dance and it won’t be the jitterbug,” Chrestman said.
Proceeds raised through ticket sales and donations will be used to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to the county. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which was established in 1996 by country singer Dolly Parton, provides a free book monthly to children 5 and under.
For information, or to vote, visit www.unitedwayrobeson.org.
“I think the objective behind the entire Dancing with the Stars program is a very good one,” Chrestman said. “… It’s been my experience that developing reading skills really strengthens a child’s ability to learn when they get into kindergarten.”