Pandemic pods (also called coronavirus bubbles, quarantine containers, and our personal favorite – quaranteams) have been popping up all over social media. Their popularity has grown as parents try to navigate + balance virtual and in-person learning.
If you haven’t heard of pandemic pods, they are a small network of peoplewholimit their non-distanced social interactions to the members of their pod, or group. It’s kind of like a Myspace Top 8. Remember Myspace?
In terms of school during COVID-19, learning pods have become especially important for children who are acquiring a myriad of life long skills, including socialization, empathy, sharing, setting boundaries, problem solving, and more. Learning pods have even become a way to help small business owners during COVID-19, while giving working parents a place to drop their children off during the workday.
Here in Greenville + the surrounding Upstate, there is already an active facebook group, called Pandemic Learning Pods and Microschools of the Upstate, with over 300 members. The group is for parents to explore forming a learning pod, a microschool, or just getting information on a nanny share who can help to tutor your child during their classes.
Aside from the benefits of kids having a way to learn in a small socially distant group, having a tutor or a recently retired teacher in the room to help is not only a major help for the student, but also for the parents who are realizing very quickly that teaching is not for everyone.
These pods are not limited to fulfilling the needs associated with learning. They have become a popular and effective way to meet our social, familial, and emotional needs, while also helping to limit both the size + spread of outbreaks.
WaterCooler ○ Former Clemson football player DeAndre Hopkins is receiving a pretty big pay day. The Arizona Cardinals receiver has signed a two-year $54.5 million extension, with multiple reports that $42.5 million being guaranteed. Hopkins isn’t the only Clemson alum to make headlines this week. Deshaun Watson signed a four-year extension with the Houston Texans, making him the 2nd highest paid quarterback. According to multiple sources, the deal is worth $160 million. (Greenville News) ○ 92.5 WESC is now a Clemson Sports Affiliate + will be hosting the Ingles Clemson Tailgate Show, with hosts Richmond Weaver + John Ellis. The station will feature coverage for all Clemson Tigers Sports including football, baseball, and men’s + women’s basketball. You can also listen to all of Clemson’s football and men’s basketball games.
Number ○ $50 million. VentureSouth has achieved a major milestone, investing $50+ million in early-stage companies across the Southeast. VentureSouth’s portfolio includes companies in the Carolinas, and from Florida all the way to Virginia, across many industries. Some of the investments made include Proterra, based in Greenville + Sharpen Health in Spartanburg. Learn more about VentureSouth here.
Biz ○ For 19 years, The Capital Corporation has released a list of the top 25 fastest growing public and privately held companies in SC. The awards are highly sought-after + recognize businesses’ contributions to the state’s economic vitality. This year nearly a dozen Upstate companies made the list, with Greenville taking seven of the top 25 spots. Check out the full list here.
Cause ○ The Greenville Drive is hosting a virtual 5K from Sept. 19 – 26 benefitting Harvest Hope Food Bank. Participants can walk, jog, or run on their own or with the four legged companions. All participants will receive an official race shirt + hat. Register here.
Asked ○ We’re asking for your help to shape the future of GVLtoday. We’ve launched a Reader Feedback Survey to help us better understand who you (our readers) are + what you would like to see in GVLtoday. It takes just a few minutes to complete – and, you can enter to win $100 just for participating. Click here to take the survey.
Arts ○ The 2019 MAC Annual Meeting and TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awardsis now viewable online. The event was originally scheduled for March 16 at the Peace Center. Due to the pandemic, the meeting was filmed on Monday, Aug. 31 and can now be accessed on MAC’s website. MAC greatly appreciates TD Bank’s continued support in honoring these businesses and individuals who are devoted to Greenville’s arts scene. 🖼️ Ⓟ
Greenvillian ○ Ed and Frances Phillips, who have spent nearly 70 years of serving + sharing their musical abilities at Miracle Hill Ministries,are the August 2020 Community Heroes of the ongoing community recognition series hosted by Greenville Federal Credit Union + Greenville News.Meet them here. Ⓟ
Edu ○ Families who are virtual-learning or working can live, work + learn on Kiawah Island this fall.Kiawah Island Golf Resort is offering several outdoor learning opportunities now through Nov. 25. Opportunities include fun, hands-on experiences, nature tours in native habitats, recreational activities + educational programs – all designed to improve brains, bodies + moods (while maintaining safe social distancing). 🐬Ⓟ
Events ○ Stride and Stroll with UIWG | Thursday, Sept. 10 | 9 a.m. | Greenville Zoo |Free, RSVP | For ladies of all ages and fitness levels. 👟 ○ Brooks Dixon Band | Thursday, Sept. 10 | 7-9 p.m. | Quest Brewing Co., 55 Airview Dr. | $10 | Pop by for an outdoor, socially distanced concert. 🎷
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Produce boxes will be bought from Mill Village Farms + will be delivered to families in emergency shelters + longer-term interim housing on a biweekly basis. The families in interim housing are on the Transformative Track and benefit from the agency’s full programming to help gain job skills, find employment opportunities, mental health counseling, improving their financial stability, and even working toward a GED.
This grant is made possible by euphoria’s Producers Circle members.
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○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, andhere for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
○ This week, SCDHEC launched a new pledge project as part of DHEC’s Stay SC Strong campaign encouraging business leaders to help curb COVID-19 spread. The updated campaign website has a multitude of resources, including email templates, social media graphics, and downloadable content. Learn more here.
○ Last week, Randi Zuckerberg of SiriusXM Business Radio + Randi Zuckerberg Means Business hosted a Back to School special featuring various guest speakers discussing various topics on navigating school during COVID-19. Dr. Burke Royster, Superintendent of Greenville County Schools,took part in the series, speaking on Managing the Digital Divide Among Students. Check it out here.
○ Senior Action has reopened + is offering limited programs at the Orchard Park + Berea locations. New precautions include temperature checks when guests arrive, mask requirements (except during the exercising), limits on persons allowed in the fitness rooms at one time, and more. The limited schedule will offer yoga, Zumba, line dancing, and more. Get jazzed about their reopening by watching their Welcome Back Video.
○Greenville County Schools has received approval to provide free meals to all studentsthrough the remainder of the year, or until congressional funding is spent. The extension allows students, regardless of meal status, to receive free meals. This applies to meals served when students are attending in-person classes, meals for students on eLearning days, and students in the Virtual Program. There is also an opportunity to provide meals to children 18 and younger, even if they are not GCS students.
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Michelin EduHour at Husk during euphoria 2019 | Photo provided
euphoria presented by Lexus – the annual 4-day food, wine, and music festival across the Upstate – isback for 2020. It’s just going to look a little different this year.
Rather than cancel the event on its 15th anniversary, the euphoria team has transformed the event into a safe experiencethat will benefit local restaurants, bars, venues, musicians and nonprofit organizations – many who are suffering tremendously due to COVID-19. And we could all use a reason to get out of the house and support the GVL community, right?
Following health and safety guidelines, the scaled-back event will take place between Sept. 17-20, with all-inclusivetickets ranging from $40-400. Festival-goers will again get a taste of the culinary arts industry in Greenville and across the state, while enjoying live entertainment (see the full schedule). The health + safety of all attendees is euphoria’s #1 priority, and they’ll work with their partnering venues to meet and exceed health requirements, including ensuring proper social distancing at events.
A social-distanced cheers | Photo provided by euphoria
Along with food and libations from both local and guest chefs, including Michelin-starred chefs, the nonprofit event also gives back to the communityeach year, with event profits from the past 14 years benefiting 40+ community programs (focusing on education, fighting hunger, and music + performing arts).
Thanks to euphoria’s Producers Circle members, select proceeds from this year’s event will be granted to United Ministries Interfaith Hospitality Network for the “Fresh Food for Families” project, which will provide local produce for 20-25 homeless families for an entire year. Produce boxes will be purchased from Mill Village Farms, and delivered bi-weekly to families in emergency shelters and longer-term interim housing.
See event details with the full schedule, ticketing info, and how you can help give back to Greenville by attending euphoria. P.S. – GVLtoday readers get 20% off tickets on all remaining events when using code gvltoday at checkout now through Sunday, Sept. 13. Ⓟ