#Teach864 Night 2018 Press Release

PEP’s Inaugural #Teach864 Night Celebrates Teachers

Greenville, S.C. – Public Education Partners (PEP) has partnered with Greenville County Schools (GCS) and the Greenville Drive to celebrate the first annual #Teach864 Night at Fluor Field on Tuesday, April 17. Everyone is invited to participate and congratulate teachers for their efforts in molding the future leaders of tomorrow, and all Greenville County Schools teachers are eligible for free admission.

“At Public Ed Partners, we ask ourselves, ‘How do we attract, retain and advance the best possible teacher talent in Greenville?’” said Ansel Sanders, PEP’s President & CEO. “Elevating and celebrating the teaching profession is one way to do so, and it is the core purpose of the first annual #Teach864 Night at Fluor Field.”

In addition to celebrating the hard-working and dedicated teachers of Greenville County, #Teach864 Night will also provide them with special benefits. Teachers will receive a complimentary ‘My Drive to Teach’ t-shirt, compliments of Herff Jones, and a $5 food voucher from the Drive. Also, the school with the highest percentage of teacher attendance will receive special recognition during the game and prizes.

“Community events, such as #Teach864, epitomize the supportive environment in which we work, live and play, and is certainly the draw for attracting and retaining excellent educators,” said Margaret Spivey, GCS Director of Professional Employment. “There is no doubt the Greenville Drive, Public Education Partners, and the greater Greenville community love and support GCS.”

In addition, Greenville County induction teachers, mentor teachers, and current teachers of the year are invited to PEP’s exclusive pre-game picnic at the 500 Club of Fluor Field from 5:30-7:00 pm. There they will get a chance to network with fellow teachers, along with free food, drinks, and a raffle for door prizes.

“Public Education Partners wants to celebrate our induction teachers who are completing their first year, which we know is often a challenging time, and the mentor teachers that helped them along the way,” said Neha Parthasarathy, PEP’s Program Director. “What better way than on #Teach864 night.”

At the game, the Drive plans to include their usual between-inning competitions and games, but with a twist that will include teachers in attendance. Additionally, the National Anthem will be performed by music teachers Emily Miller of Plain Elementary School and McKenzie Gribble of Hillcrest High School, and the first pitch will be delivered by Suzanne Billings of Plain Elementary, Greenville County Schools 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.

“We’re grateful to our partners at the Greenville Drive and Greenville County Schools for teaming up with us to make this event a reality,” said Sanders. “The night promises to be one to remember, and certainly elevates one of our community’s most valuable assets: our teachers.”

PEP also intends to use #Teach864 Night as a launching point for a more expansive, visible #Teach864 campaign, utilizing #Teach864 via billboards, print media and social media to appreciate teachers and the teaching profession.

“This is still in the planning stages but be prepared for a year-round celebration of teachers and their profession,” said Sanders. “This is all part of PEP’s goal to have Greenville known as Teacher Town, USA.”

First pitch for Tuesday’s game against the Columbia Fireflies is at 7:05 PM. Tickets are available now at the Drive’s Main Street box office or by calling (864) 240-4528. For more information about #Teach864, contact PEP at 864-233-4137.

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