HTC Celebrates New School Year Through Donations to Area First Steps Organizations and Spirit Rocks

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In Celebration of Students Returning for the 2022-23 School Year, HTC has Spirit Rocks Painted for Area Schools and Makes Substantial Donations

September 7, 2022, Conway, S.C., – HTC, the area’s largest fiber Internet provider, used the month of August to pledge $5 per new HTC TV Max subscription generated during the month, along with employee donations, to give back to local First Steps organizations in Horry, Georgetown and Marion Counties in celebration of students returning for the 2022-23 school year. These donations are a part of HTC’s ongoing “Helping The Community” efforts.

HTC employees donated $1,500 to Horry County First Steps during the month of August. The money comes directly out of the Jean Day fund, which is an initiative HTC started that allows its employees to wear jeans every Friday in return for a small annual charitable contribution. Jean Day funds are given back to the local community throughout the year in the form of charitable donations.

In addition, similar to previous community donation efforts, the Cooperative pledged to donate $5 for every new HTC TV Max subscription during the month of August to Georgetown and Marion First Steps programs. The pledge brought a total of $1500 per First Steps branch.

First Steps is a non-profit organization with the mission of being able to bridge the gap on student’s preparedness for success in elementary school. With the belief that parents are a child’s best teacher, First Steps partners with families to provide resources to support the success of children from birth through age five.

In addition, the Cooperative celebrated education and welcomed students and teachers back to school. By partnering with area artist Linsey Antol of Southern Swirls, the Cooperative had local elementary and middle school spirit rocks painted HTC blue to welcome students on their first day back. HTC was able to celebrate our area students by having 10 elementary and middle school spirit rocks throughout Horry County customized to each particular school with a welcome back message.

“HTC is committed to partnering with our local community to support area youth in their education,” said Mike Hagg, HTC CEO. “We are thankful for the generous contribution made by our employees and cooperative members who sign up for HTC TV Max that reflects our ongoing mission to better our community by investing in area youth.”

To learn more about HTC, including the Cooperative’s commitment to the area, visit

To learn more about First Steps, visit (Horry County), (Marion County), and (Georgetown County).

Horry County First Steps donation

About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States. Celebrating 70 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC service offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice. HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as Wi-Fi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security. To learn more about HTC, visit For additional information about HTC or becoming a member, call 843-365-2154.

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