Plus, Greenville Rescue Mission breaks ground on improvements.
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This new, tuition-free school gives students an alternative pathway
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This virtual school is designed for students facing challenges or barriers in a traditional school setting. | Photo provided by Heron Virtual Academy of South Carolina
There are now more options when it comes to how high school students in our state receive an education. The Heron Virtual Academy of South Carolina (HVASC) is a new, tuition-free option for alternative, online education serving students in grades 9-12.

The school allows students to earn their high school diplomas on the pathway that is best for them. Students at HVASC receive an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP), aka a unique curriculum created specifically for each student that caters to their individual interests, academic strengths, challenges, and post-secondary planning.

“Our mission at HVASC is to be the solution for parents, students and families who have felt left behind or forgotten. We believe that all students deserve the opportunity to attend a school that believes in the possibilities of what they can achieve,” said David Crook, the school’s CEO. “Our school is passionate about the opportunity to serve those students who have had challenges reaching academic success, and show them that it is possible, no matter what past circumstances may have led them here.”

The school also:
  • Implements social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practices aimed at helping students cope with issues both in and out of the classroom.
  • Teaches life skills to develop a deeper sense of community.
  • Gives students access to credit recovery courses and merit-based mastery classes that allow them to focus and recover credits at an accelerated rate.
  • Provides career pathway opportunities, so students can prepare for industry-recognized certification exams and participate in work-based learning projects with local community partners.
As an Alternative Education Campus, HVASC’s unique enrollment requirements will put a high school diploma within reach for students who may be struggling in a traditional academic setting and need a new way to meet their challenges or may not be on pace to collect enough course credits to graduate on time.

The enrollment policies and structure make it easier to serve these students and provide them with continuity. Interested in learning more? Request more information.*
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    Thursday, May 25
    • Jagged Little Pill | Thursday, May 25-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Peace Center, 300 S. Main St., Greenville | $35-$95 | Sing along during this musical based on Alanis Morissette’s “world-changing” music.
    • Music by the Lake | Thursday, May 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Furman Amphitheater, 3300 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville | Free | Bring your own lawn chairs, a picnic dinner, and a blanket and enjoy live music each week.
    Friday, May 26
    • Great Scot! Parade | Friday, May 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Main Street, Greenville | Free entry | Celebrate the start of the Greenville Scottish Games with pipe bands, marching clans, Scottish Chiefs, and a multitude of Scottish-themed entries.
    • Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays | Friday, May 26 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | NOMA Square, 220 N. Main St., Greenville | Free entry | Celebrate the start of the weekend with live music from Eric Weiler.
    Saturday, May 27
    • 10th Annual Take Flight 5k | Saturday, May 27 | 7:30-9:30 a.m. | Runway Park, 21 Airport Rd. Ext., Greenville | $15-$35 | Support GMU’s efforts to improve Runway Park’s playground by running a 5K on the runway.
    • TD Saturday Market | Saturday, May 27 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Main Street, Greenville | Free entry | Shop 85 local vendors, listen to live music, and stroll through downtown Greenville at this weekly market.
    Plan Ahead
    • WOOFSTOCK 2023 | Wednesday, May 31-Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Camperdown Plaza, 20 E. Broad St., Greenville | Free entry | WOOFSTOCK 2023 features live music, cold beverages, and tons of fun for you + your favorite four-legged friend (leashed please).*
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    Try This
    Host your next team meeting or retreat at Mill Pine
    Exterior of the main Mill Pine building
    Mill Pine’s tranquil setting makes it an ideal location to bring your team together. | Photo provided by AMPLOS
    Just ~30 minutes from Greenville lies the opportunity for your team or organization to bond, recharge — and shoot skeet. Enter: Mill Pine, a 350+ acre retreat in Liberty, SC featuring indoor and outdoor amenities for business meetings, training, and opportunities to disconnect.

    We joined our parent company, 6AM City, for a one-day retreat and training at Mill Pine.

    What we tried:

    Our team took part in a team performance training led by the AMPLOS team, including Drs. Milt Lowder and Drew Brannon. The training focused on traits of high-performing teams and the psychology behind what makes a great team.

    Afterward, we enjoyed a catered meal from Table 301 and spent the day exploring the Mill Pine property and its amenities. Keep reading for details on the property, how we spent the rest of the afternoon, and how you can Try This.*
    News Notes
    • Greenville City Council unanimously approved the first reading of two ordinances to adopt the new development code and its updated zoning map. The new code and map promote a node-and-corridor development pattern aimed to protect neighborhoods from unwanted development. (Greenville Journal)
    • City Council also unanimously approved the initial reading of the city’s $267 million operating budget for 2023-2024. The second and final reading of the budget will take place at council’s meeting on Monday, June 12 + will go into effect on Saturday, July 1 if approved. (Greenville Journal)
    • Scooter’s Coffee — a locally-owned and operated drive-thru coffee shop — is now open next to Huey Magoo’s on Wade Hampton Boulevard. The franchise plans to open a Simpsonville location later this year. (The Post and Courier Greenville)
    • Rick Erwin’s Greer opens in the former Strip Club 104 space this Friday, May 26. Executive Chef Scott Ostrander will serve up a menu “for foodies and steak lovers alike,” from ribeyes and filets to seafood + chef features “unique to the Greer location.” Make a reservation.
    • As one Rick Erwin’s location opens, another is temporarily closing its doors next month for renovations. Work at Rick Erwin’s West End Grille — including new flooring, paint, and artwork — is expected to begin in June and take four weeks to complete.
    • This is sweet. Scout’s Doughnuts is expanding its soon-to-open storefront at 1700 E. North St. (formerly Pizza Purists). The business will open for takeout soon + says it will also renovate the storefront next door to feature “1,000 sqft of space for your family to enjoy doughnuts and coffee together.”
    • Picture this: Eating fresh, local fruits and vegetables all summer long while supporting Carolina farms and farmers. Sound ideal? Enter: The Carolina Crate from Lowes Foods, a CSA (read: Community Supported Agriculture) box filled every week with local produce. Learn more.*
    Featured Deal
    • Don’t let this deal fly by. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is offering $20 off round-trip flights on Avelo with code GVL20 now through Sun., Dec. 31. Avelo Airlines now offers low fares and nonstop flights from GSP International Airport to Orlando, FL, New Haven, CT, and Wilmington, DE with flights beginning in June. Snag the deal.*
    • Pop quiz: What’s the body’s most abundant protein? The answer: Collagen. NativePath’s Certified Grass-Fed Collagen Powder is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Start incorporating it daily to support skin elasticity, joint health, bone strength, and muscle growth and maintenance.*
    Breaking ground on improvements
    Work is expected to be complete this fall. | Rendering by Arbor Engineering
    Greenville Rescue Mission — the Upstate’s largest shelter and service provider to individuals experiencing homelessness — has broken ground on a beautification project.

    Upgrades to the 22-year-old property, located at 575 W. Washington St., include:
    • Parking lot modifications
    • Drainage solutions
    • Pedestrian connectivity
    • Landscape beautification
    • ADA-compliance improvements
    Miracle Hill is still raising money for the $100,000 project. Contact the organization if you’d like to make a donation.
    The Wrap
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    Doughnuts are the key to my heart, so this news from Scout’s is a-glaze-ing, in my opinion. I’m also excited to celebrate National Doughnut Day next week on Friday, June 2. Where will you be celebrating?
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