OCC’s late and beloved benefactor, David Swope, believed that all children deserve the best possible chance for success in life, regardless of their family’s income. With the goal of giving every child the solid foundation needed for life-long achievement and well-being, he provided many child care and education scholarships over multiple years at OCC. David’s annual generosity changed lives! Because of him, many children from low- and moderate-income working families have enjoyed—and benefitted from—the same early childhood education and after-school enrichment as their middle-income peers.
David’s critical role in our current campaign to build a new child care and education center has been invaluable. His enthusiasm early on for expanding OCC’s programs for infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary school children was both inspirational and infectious, and his generous bequest toward building the new Center will make a significant difference to our community.
In recognition of David’s leadership, as well as his family’s involvement with OCC for 50 years, our new community room/gymnasium will be named for the Swope family.
To honor David’s extraordinary leadership, generosity and memory, and to continue his wonderful annual tradition, David’s friends hope to create a scholarship fund that will support our children over the next five years in his name.
David knew that child care scholarships achieve two invaluable objectives:
- Children benefit from developing the foundational skills and knowledge they need for success in school and in adult life.
- The community benefits by having more focused and effective employees. Parents with reliable child care have peace of mind while at work, knowing their children are in a safe, nurturing environment. Without tuition assistance, these parents would be forced to place their children in substandard care.