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Employees at C&S Family of Companies Volunteer in Recognition of MLK Day

January 25, 2017

Keene, NH -- In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. posed the idea that “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’” Motivated by his dream of people collaborating to make a difference in their communities, teams of employees from the C&S Family of Companies in 14 states volunteered on or around the 2017 MLK Day of Service. They went to Head Start Schools and other schools in low-income neighborhoods to read books to students.  

“There’s nothing more important than children because, being from the inner city, where I came from, it’s not too often that people did these types of things,” said C&S Operations Manager Michael Crutchfield. He works at the company’s Stockton, CA distribution center and volunteered alongside his coworkers to mark the MLK Day of Service by reading with 21 preschoolers.

Employees from the C&S Family of Companies, including first-time MLK Day of Service participants from Grocers Supply (TX), and FreshKO Produce Services (CA), engaged with students at the following:

Alabama Kershaw YMCA Head Start, Montgomery
California Roosevelt Preschool, Stockton
  Ivy Head Start, Fresno
Connecticut Enfield Head Start, Enfield
Florida Smart Pope Livingston Elementary School, Jacksonville
  Hal Marston Head Start, Orlando
  Brentwood Elementary School, Miami Gardens
  Strawberry Hills Head Start, Plant City
Hawaii  Ewa Elementary School, Ewa Beach
Louisiana Hammond Head Start, Hammond
Maryland MRDC Head Start, Havre de Grace
  MRDC Head Start, Elkton
Massachusetts The Growing Tree Learning Center, Westfield
New Hampshire  Southwest Community Services Head Start, Keene
  Southwest Community Services Head Start, Swanzey
New York RECAP Western Orange County Head Start, Middletown
   Head Start of Orange County, Newburgh
  Donegan Elementary School, Bethlehem

Sonny Days Preschool, DuBois

  ELCO-Fort Zeller Elementary, Richland
South Carolina Share Head Start, Greenville
  CCSD Thomas Meyers II Head Start, Charleston
Texas Clayton Homes Head Start, Houston
Vermont West Bee Nursery School, Brattleboro



To further encourage reading, each student was surprised with two new, age-appropriate books of their own.  A total of 2,500 books were provided by C&S through First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday and Service Act was signed in 1994 to expand the mission of the holiday as a day of community service, interracial cooperation, and youth anti-violence initiatives.

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