Donna McCord

Donna McCord

NEW LEXINGTON – After 48 years of working with Perry County families, Donna McCord is retiring from New Lexington Head Start, a program of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP).

According to a news release from the organization, McCord’s decades-long career began when she was a senior in high school, working three days a week with children at Crooksville Head Start through her child development vocational program. Donna was raised with eight siblings, so working with children was something she knew she wanted to do with her life. Her commitment to her work has allowed her to see three generations of families grow in their love for learning.

“I’ve watched the kids grow into young adults,” she said. “I’ve seen the grandchildren of the kids I taught back when I first started teaching. I love to watch them grow.”

Head Start is a national program serving preschool children and their families. Donna’s work and dedication with the Perry County program began in the early 70s, when Head Start was just beginning. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of educators like Donna, Head Start has grown into one of the most successful social programs in the country.

Donna’s future plans involve spending time with her family, especially her nine grandchildren.

“HAPCAP would like to take this opportunity to thank Donna McCord for her 48 years of educating Perry County’s children,” the release said. “The agency wishes her the best in this next chapter of her remarkable life.”

For more information about Head Start, or any of HAPCAP’s programs, please contact Claire Gysegem,

Public Relations Coordinator, at (740) 767-4500 or email

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