Davis Early Childhood Center receives gift of books from local charity

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, comes through for kids

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, has donated over $2000 dollars worth of books to Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, officials announced.

Students at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology in Cayce enjoy their new books. (Photo provided)

The presentation of the books was held at Davis Early Childhood Center on Friday January 20.

The center’s principal, Cecil McClary, reached out to House of Raeford for help when the need for books became evident.

“House of Raeford and FLOCK are wonderful partners in our community and they love serving our students,” he said. “We had a need come up and they were excited to help.”

“Because of their generous donation we now have over 500 new books for our students,” McClary said.

Davis Early Childhood Center is a Title 1 Elementary School, serving high percentages of children from low-income families. The school serves children in kindergarten through second-grade.

Dionne Louden is the reading coach at Davis. “When the students walked into their rooms and saw the new books, they were very excited,” she said.

Friday morning, every class had an opportunity to read dozens of new books selected specifically for each grade level and each child’s individual reading level.

“We are huge fans of all students and educators, and we love our friends at Davis Early Childhood Center,” said Chuck Underhill of FLOCK. “Getting the opportunity to provide resources to help young people learn to read is awesome. We hope this encourages not only the students, but the teachers and staff as well.”

“We love all the smiles and high-5’s we receive from these young people,” Underhill added. “They are ready to learn and grow, and it’s a huge blessing that we have the opportunity to help.”

FLOCK is the non-profit charitable arm of House of Raeford, a poultry producer with several facilities in the Midlands, including a production facility in West Columbia.

FLOCK works with food banks, feeding programs, churches, schools, outreach ministries, and a variety of other organizations within the geographic area around their facilities by contributing product, monetary donations, volunteers, and prayer support.