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Morton & Gettys donates $2,000 to Early Learning Partnership of York County

Morton & Gettys is pleased to announce the latest local recipient of a gift in celebration of our 20th anniversary as a law firm.

Morton and Gettys attorney present a donation to ELP officials.

From left, Joe Raad, Davis Riddle, ELP program coordinator Rachel Hubbard, ELP Executive Director Teresa Creech, Ashley Worrell and Nate Pierce

We’re giving $2,000 to the Early Learning Partnership of York County as our April beneficiary. This month’s recipient was chosen by a group of attorneys from the firm including Bev Carroll, Heath Myers, Joe Neal, Nate Pierce, Joe Raad, Davis Riddle and Ashley Worrell.

Early Learning Partnership of York County was established in 1998 as a United Way initiative called Success By 6, and has been a separate nonprofit since 2005. The effort was started because South Carolina ranked 48th in overall child well-being and like many in our state, York County’s children entered school unprepared to learn. ELP mobilizes people, leverages resources, and empowers social, emotional and early literacy programs that help prepare children, birth to age 5, for school success.

Despite the pandemic, ELP has continued to thrive in the past year, getting books into the hands of children. A current goal is purchasing more diverse books for children in the community.

“This donation will really help ELP get books straight into the hands of children and their families,” said Executive Director Teresa Creech. “Reading books with young children builds brains, and reading books together builds relationships. Read. Bond. Grow.” Asked what others in the community could do to help ELP, she said financial contributions would do the most good. And it doesn’t have to be thousands of dollars: “There’s no contribution that’s too small,” she said. Find the “Donate Now” button on their website’s homepage, https://elpofyorkcounty.org/.

Speaking for the attorneys who chose ELP as this month’s recipient, attorney Ashley Worrell said “There’s nothing we can do more worthwhile than helping future generations become all they can be. Opportunities for early learning play an essential role in accomplishing that.”