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The test of ultimate strength, for a good cause

Ronald McDonald House Charities will host its annual Plane Pull from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Runway Cafe at the Greenville Downtown Airport.

Proceeds will benefit RMHC of the Carolinas.

Teams of four people will compete to pull a plane. This year, the event will include two divisions: open and competitive. The top two performers in each division will compete in a “pull-off” to determine the overall winner.

The registration fee is $100 per team. To participate, visit https://rmhc-carolinas.org/participate/plane-pull/.

Reading and learning in the summer sun

Public Education Partners recently kicked off the 2019 Make Summer Count program at Monaview Elementary School.

The launch featured guest speaker Lester Laminack, a Scholastic author. Representatives from Greenville County Schools also attended.

Make Summer Count reaches over 18,300 K-5 students across 29 elementary schools.

MSC has two opportunities for literary engagement. MSC Book Celebrations help students build home libraries. In the summer, family reading nights offer reading strategies and support.

Ansel Sanders, PEP’s president and CEO, says the program promotes family literacy. “These research-based strategies target a debilitating phenomenon that effects far too many of our young students: summer reading loss,” Sanders said in a news release. “Now entering its 6th year, we’re thrilled to once again bring Make Summer Count to Greenville County elementary schools.”

Dual-enrollment learning for free

GREEN (Greenville Renewable Energy Education) Charter School has partnered with USC Upstate to allow students to take two dual-enrollment classes, tuition-free. Students can now experience a four-year university course. 

The USC Dual Enrollment Program includes transferable credits with many classes in English, history, statistics, music history, psychology, and sociology.

A good night’s sleep granted to a young adult

In partnership with Connections Count, Mattress by Appointment has given another mattress to an individual exiting foster care.

After years in foster care, the young adult is now eligible to live independently. This charitable gift is meant to aid the transition into a new life.

Mattress by Appointment LLC partners with Pendleton Place to equip children and adolescents with resources to build successful lives. The company donates mattresses to those in need as they age out of the foster care system.

The latest recipient thanked Mattress by Appointment. “It felt really good to be able to sleep on a bed last night, especially when I get to call it mine.”

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