#Teach864 School Year Leadoff

PEP Continues Teacher Support, Presents #Teach864 School Year Leadoff

Greenville, S.C. – Continuing the momentum of their Teach864 campaign, Public Education Partners (PEP), Greenville’s only independent nonprofit solely dedicated to investing in and improving public education, is celebrating teachers and a new school year by presenting #Teach864 School Year Leadoff. The event takes place during the Greenville Drive’s final home game of the season, Monday, September 3.

“PEP’s priority, and the goal of the Teach864 campaign, is to elevate and celebrate the teaching profession in Greenville, especially as we usher in a new school year,” said PEP President & CEO Dr. Ansel Sanders. “In partnership with Greenville County Schools and the Greenville Drive, we’re excited to do our part in welcoming back and thanking our teachers with the #Teach864 School Year Leadoff at Fluor Field.”

In an effort to strengthen public education and student achievement in Greenville, PEP collaborates with community partners to introduce innovative programming in schools, and to deepen connections between schools and the community. PEP introduced the Teach864 campaign in April 2018 as a way for the greater Greenville community to show recognition and support for the teaching profession.

“Our inaugural Teach864 event in April was very successful, but it’s more than just celebrating our teachers at Fluor Field,” said Eric Jarinko, General Manager of the Greenville Drive. “The Teach864 initiative is a year-long campaign in which we recognize and salute teachers for all that they do in shaping our youth and future leaders.”

At the game, many groups of teachers will be recognized including those with 30 and 40 plus years of service, Clemson Master Teachers and Teacher Residents, participants in the Greenville Alternative Teacher Education (GATE) program, and all induction teachers.

Additionally, Diana Dailey, music teacher and former Bethel Elementary School Teacher of the Year, will perform the National Anthem; Beth Leavitt, Wade Hampton High School Physics teacher and Air Force Association National Aerospace/STEM Teacher of the Year, along with Sallisha Dendy-Jones, Hughes Middle Academy Technology Instructional Specialist and the South Carolina PTA Middle School Teacher of the Year, will announce play ball; and the first pitch will be delivered by Holly Bell, Enoree Career Center Teacher of the Year, Upstate Hospitality Educator of the Year for 2017, and the Greater Greenville Chapter of the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (SCRLA) Educator of the Year in 2017.

“Greenville County Schools values its teachers, and it is our continued desire to celebrate our teachers and elevate the teaching profession this year and years to come,” said Margaret Spivey, Director of Professional Employment for Greenville County Schools (GCS). “This fall event is to celebrate accomplishments, and to welcome all of the great experiences we will share throughout this new school year.”

All Greenville County Schools teachers are eligible for free admission by bringing their school ID to the box office, or by wearing a #Teach864 Night, My Drive to Teach t-shirt. In addition, the Drive will provide them with a $5 food voucher.

“We encourage all teachers to join us and use #Teach864 on social media to share your photos and excitement for the new school year,” said Sanders. “We also have Teach864 billboards on display throughout Greenville County, all in an effort to reflect the community’s support for some of our most important assets: our teachers.”

First pitch for Monday’s game against the Lexington Legends is at 2:05 PM. Tickets are available at the Drive’s Main Street box office or by calling (864) 240-4528. For more information about PEP and #Teach864 visit www.pepgc.org.


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