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House of Raeford delivers baskets for Teacher Appreciation Week

Lexington, SC - It's Teacher Appreciation Week, and House of Raeford, in West Columbia, wanted to make sure some teachers were thanked.

"We're giving the staffs at three schools hanging baskets to express our appreciation," said Chuck Underhill assistant sales manager at House of Raeford.

Underhill and Brett Mabe, also from House of Raeford, made trips to BC Grammar School, Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology and Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School to deliver the baskets that were procured through a deal with the Cayce Farmer's Market.

"Our teachers sacrifice their time and personal resources, in addition to the job they do for our children," said Christopher Dickey, BC Grammar principal. "This is a thanks to them and they deserve it."

Dickey also said teachers are at a point in the school year where they need some inspiration.

"It's a long year, and there's testing. It can be tiring, " Dickey said. "This is just the kind of morale boost teachers need."

Underhill said the effort from House of Raeford is to let all school personnel know how much they are valued and respected.

“I don't want to imagine where our community would be with the dedication and commitment of these teachers and all of the school staffs,” Underhill said.

Jane Hembree of BLES said she is thankful.

“This is a generous donation provided to us by the House of Raeford during Teacher Appreciation Week. House of Raeford has become a wonderful business partner for our school and community.”

Underhill said House of Raeford was able to honor more school personnel because of the arrangement worked out with Cayce Farmer's Market.

Jacky Creech of Cayce Farmer's Market said it's important to say “thank you” to every teacher. “Your time, talent and love for our kids is amazing. Thanks for all you do,” Creech said.

Dr. Cecil McClary, principal of Davis ECCT, said the gifts were “a pleasant surprise.” Dickey, Hemberee and McClary said House of Raeford gives supplies, books and meets other needs of their schools. And they appreciate it.

Underhill said it was an honor to “show love for the amazing people who educate our children.”

Brett Mabe, Dr. Cecil McClary, Tonya Boles and Chuck Underhill.

Bret Mabe, James Poellnitz, Christopher Dickey, Anna Whaley, Marise Shumpert, and Chuck Underhill.

Brett Mabe Jaime Hemberss, Brandee Quarles and Chuck Underhill.

Jacky Creech, Cayce Farmer's Market with baskets.

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