If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that nothing feels quite as good as a full night's sleep. When you sleep well, it sets the tone for the rest of your day. You wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go. It's almost like the world knows when you sleep well: your morning coffee hits just right, the sun shines just a little brighter, and you've got a little extra pep in your step.
Your friends and colleagues may notice, too, especially if good sleep is becoming a foreign concept for you. If it is, you're not alone - according to the CDC, people around the U.S. are in need of some serious zzzz's - more than 1 in 3 Americans aren't getting enough sleep. Perhaps even more shocking is that 40% of people fall asleep during the day once a month, according to the National Institutes of Health. Experts agree that most folks should get at least seven hours of sleep a night, but in reality, most Americans struggle to get five or six.
While some ultra-rich CEOs claim they only need a few hours of sleep a night, that's not true for most people. In fact, your body and brain will hate you if you're not getting enough shuteye. If you're feeling sluggish, unmotivated, snappy, achy, sick, or just down in the dumps, you may not be getting enough sleep. And it may not be your fault - that old, dilapidated innerspring mattress that you're sleeping on may be the true culprit.
Fortunately, Sleep King is here to help you get on the fast track to falling asleep with the ultimate comfort of MLILY mattresses in Florence, SC.
Change can be challenging, but if you had the opportunity to boost your immune system, improve heart health, and increase productivity levels by ditching your old mattress, would you take it? If you're reading this page, you're probably nodding your head with a resounding "Yes!" And that's great because, at Sleep King, our mission is to provide you with the most comfortable, supportive mattresses in the industry: MLILY mattresses.
Unlike other mattress companies, we offer the lowest prices on MLILY mattresses in Florence SC - even lower than you can find on Amazon! Though we're locally owned and operated right here in beautiful South Carolina, we have the ability to ship these revolutionary mattresses anywhere in the U.S. So, if you're craving the comfort and support of an MLILY mattress, but live in Maryland, don't lose hope. A great night's sleep is available for you too.
With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and hundreds of positive reviews on Google and other platforms, we're Florence's first choice when it comes to great sleep. Here are some of the most common reasons why our customers choose Sleep King over the competition:
Not sure why type of mattress is best for your body and sleeping style? Our knowledgeable, friendly mattress experts would be happy to help you get started on a better night's sleep. Why not swing by our showroom and check out our wide selection of MLILY mattresses? If your traditional innerspring setup is cutting into your sleep or even hurting your back, it's time to upgrade. After all, in a perfect world, you're spending 7-8 hours a night on your mattress, and you should get the best product for the price.
When you rest on an MLILY mattress, you experience a cooler, deeper, more restorative sleep, so you can enjoy tomorrow to the fullest. Though MLILY is a global company, their local mattresses are made right here in the U.S., in facilities located in Arizona and South Carolina. Unlike many innerspring mattresses, MLILY mattresses are designed for a more supportive sleep while wicking away moisture and fighting off-putting odors.
While many large, mainstream brands you see on TV are built using outdated technologies, MLILY mattress and pillow products are produced using proprietary machinery built exclusively for MLILY. This machine uses precise cutting technology, ensuring that your mattress is the right size for your body and the right price for your budget. Plus, without ozone depletes, lead, mercury, or heavy metals, MLILY foams are manufactured to be safe for you, your spouse, kids, pets, and the environment. It doesn't get much better than that!
At Sleep King, we offer a number of different MLILY mattresses, including:
These specialty foams give you superior sleeping support, long-lasting durability for years of sleep, and rejuvenating comfort to keep you rested and ready for the day.
These unique mattresses feature individually pocketed springs that transform traditional innerspring mattresses into a whole new level of comfort and rest.
Kids need great sleep too! This collection includes happy designs and endless flexibility, creating the perfect foundation for families to create memorable bedtime memories.
This fan-powered sleep system lets you experience sleep like never before, keeping you cool on even the hottest nights.
Have questions about MLILY mattresses? Contact Sleep King today or simply stop by our showroom to get the full rundown of this incredible brand. Whether you're a side sleeper with spine problems or a back sleeper not getting enough sleep, there's an MLILY mattress in Florence SC that can help. Remember, at Sleep King, we sell MLILY mattresses at a deep discount, so you can get a good night's rest without going into debt.
Take a moment and think about all the different things that have happened in your life over the last decade. Maybe you graduated college or got the job of your dreams. Perhaps you got married or moved to a new home in a new state. But if you're like the average person, one thing remained the same: your mattress. It might be surprising to hear, but the average lifespan of a mattress is between seven and ten years.
Letting go of your old, worn-out mattress might be hard, especially if it's served you well over time. As with most products, however, nothing lasts forever. But how do you know when it's time to ditch your old bed and choose a new MLILY mattress in , SC? Here are just a few of the most common reasons that customers tell us when it comes to buying a new bed.
Is your mattress starting to smell less like roses and more like the dirty socks in your hamper? When your mattress gets smelly, it's most often a result of mold, fungi, and mildew buildup over time. There's not too much you can do to avoid this from happening, especially if you live in a humid climate. So, the next time you change your sheets, give your mattress a sniff. If it smells funky, it's time to upgrade.
If your mattress has a noticeable sag, it's a surefire sign that you need to get a new mattress. Mattresses sag because, over time, coils begin to weaken, and memory foam loses elasticity. If you lay down on your bed for a moment, get up, and your bed sags instead of returning to its original appearance, your mattress is nearing the end of its life.
Waking up in pain is basically the an thesis of what a mattress is supposed to do. Due to wear and tear over time, even the best mattresses lose their ability to support your body. If you've been waking up with dull aches and pains in your hips, lower back, or shoulders, it's a red flag. Finding a comfortable, supportive mattress like an MLILY Fusion Lux is of utmost importance.
Constantly moving side-to-side or switching positions in the middle of the night is a great way to get your partner angry. It's also a big sign that you need to consider buying a new mattress. Like the supportiveness of our mattresses, general comfortability also lessens with usage and time. Here's the truth: You shouldn't need to toss and turn to get comfortable in your bed. If you are, your mattress has probably declined in quality and needs replacing. You shouldn't ever have to put your sleep health on the line for an uncomfortable mattress.
It might sound obvious, but the #1 reason why people choose to buy a new mattress is to get better sleep. Sleep, in and of itself, is a bit of a mystery - somehow, our bodies just know when it's time to clock out for the day and go to sleep. But if you've been sleeping on a poor quality or dilapidated mattress for long enough, you might have become used to the feeling of lackluster sleep. If that sounds like you, we're here to tell you that you're missing out.
Getting a great night's rest is one of life's little pleasures, but according to experts, it's also much more than that. If you swear by limiting your sleep to be more "productive," you may be doing yourself a disservice.
When you don't get enough sleep on a regular basis, it can lead to serious heart issues like high blood pressure and even heart attacks. Why? Because poor sleep causes your body to release cortisol. This stress hormone causes your heart to work harder. That's great in some situations, but long stretches of poor sleep are quite bad for your heart. Like other parts of your body, your heart needs to rest in order to function correctly.
Getting a cold is never fun. But if it feels like someone slapped your head with an anvil when you get the sniffles, you may need better sleep. When you get great sleep, the proteins and immune cells in your body have a better chance of fighting off things like the common cold and flu. Your immune system also helps mitigate symptoms like runny noses, congestion, headaches, and more. Without the right sleep, symptoms from colds and cases of flu will be much worse.
Do you roll out of bed and feel like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh? You're probably not getting great sleep. When you sleep well, you wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to attack the day. Your energy levels are high, making life's little annoyances more manageable. And when you're not annoyed, you're typically not angry. When you're not angry, you're only a half-step away from being happy. So, put on our PJs and get to bed early on an MLILY mattress in , SC. Your friends and family will thank you!
Earlier, we mentioned how some people purposely lose sleep so that they can be more productive. On the surface, that makes some sense since you have more hours in the day to dedicate to work. However, burning the midnight oil again and again is a bad idea. Eventually, you'll start making mistakes that an afternoon pot of coffee won't fix. Instead of cutting your sleep short, try getting more. Studies show that great sleep is linked to higher cognitive function and improved concentration. If you're not purposely limiting your sleep, it's time to ditch that old mattress and swing by Sleep King.
Getting eight or more hours of sleep doesn't mean you're going to lose lbs. overnight. But getting better sleep can seriously help with your diet or weight loss goals. When you get poor sleep, your body creates a hormone called ghrelin that causes you to get hungry. It also lowers the amounts of leptin in your body, which is a hormone that lets you know you're full. With great sleep, these hormones remain balanced, so you don't wake up finding for a sugary bowl of Captain Crunch.
If you're sick of mediocre sleep and want to take on tomorrow with a fresh mind, better sleep begins with MLILY mattresses in Florence SC. When you trust our mattress store in Florence for MLILY mattresses, you're already taking the first steps towards better sleeping habits.
From cold-to-the-touch mattresses like the Fusion Luxe to popular hybrid bed options like the Fusion Supreme Hybrid Mattress, Sleep King has got you covered. With a vast selection of bed frames, adjustable bases, bedroom decor, and even whole-home furnishings, you won't have to look anywhere else besides our showroom in Florence. One look at our prices, and you'll understand why we're South Carolina's go-to choice for premium mattresses like MLILY. Call or visit our location today to get started on your journey to healthier sleep.Order Now (843) 822-7636
FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — A couple of drivers are upset after hitting cows on West Cummings Road in the Effingham community of Florence County.The South Carolina Highway Patrol said there have been three consecutive weeks in the past month with cars hitting livestock on the road.Kietra Keels hit a cow on the road on Jan. 19 while driving to work.I saw something kind of dark big and black in the road. And I’m like, Lord my eyes are playing tricks on me, so finally, as I got closer, I realize what...
FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — A couple of drivers are upset after hitting cows on West Cummings Road in the Effingham community of Florence County.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said there have been three consecutive weeks in the past month with cars hitting livestock on the road.
Kietra Keels hit a cow on the road on Jan. 19 while driving to work.
I saw something kind of dark big and black in the road. And I’m like, Lord my eyes are playing tricks on me, so finally, as I got closer, I realize what it was and I tried to hit the brakes. But it was too late, so I hit it. And then I am covered in glass and I’m just shaking. Just shaking and I’m like oh Lord, oh Lord," said Keels.
Keels said troopers came to the scene, but they never told her who owns the cow.
She added that her car was badly damaged and she had to file the damages through her insurance.
“Somebody needs to take accountability for it because it’s going to keep happening. I just pray nobody loses their life," said Keels.
Moses Pressley also hit a cow in August 2021 on West Cummings Road and said it totaled his pick-up truck.
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Pressley said because he was never told who owned the livestock, he ended up footing the bill for damages to his truck.
“It wasn’t my fault and I had to take care of this myself. Something has got to be done before somebody loses their life," said Pressley.
ABC 15 reached out to S.C. Highway Patrol to learn who owns the cows. Troopers said they're investigating and will get back to us.
There is a law in South Carolina that deals with livestock roaming out of their pasture.
S.C. SECTION 47-7-110 reads:
"It shall be unlawful for the owner or manager of any domestic animal of any description wilfully or negligently to permit any such animal to run at large beyond the limits of his own land or the lands leased, occupied, or controlled by him. Any owner, manager, or person violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine for each offense of not more than twenty-five dollars or to imprisonment for not more than twenty-five days."
Some car insurance agencies said if you hit a cow with your car on a road, you need to call 911 to report it.
They said the incidents are treated just like if you hit a deer.
Officials said you may have to file a lawsuit against the owner of the livestock in order to be reimbursed for damages to your vehicle.
Baseball is back with the return of spring training, and this week our hosts talk with Paul Gross, a recently retired broadcast meteorologist who is a weather consultant for the Detroit Tigers. They discuss how weather impacts baseball, from lightning safety rules to the precise timing of a rain forecast, including a dramatic situation in a game between the Tigers and Red Sox. Paul also shared a unique story from his consulting during the 2005 MLB All-Star Game. About the Across the Sky podcast The weekly weather podcast is hosted on a rotat...
Baseball is back with the return of spring training, and this week our hosts talk with Paul Gross, a recently retired broadcast meteorologist who is a weather consultant for the Detroit Tigers. They discuss how weather impacts baseball, from lightning safety rules to the precise timing of a rain forecast, including a dramatic situation in a game between the Tigers and Red Sox. Paul also shared a unique story from his consulting during the 2005 MLB All-Star Game. About the Across the Sky podcast The weekly weather podcast is hosted on a rotation by the Lee Weather team: Matt Holiner of Lee Enterprises' Midwest group in Chicago, Kirsten Lang of the Tulsa World in Oklahoma, Joe Martucci of the Press of Atlantic City, N.J., and Sean Sublette of the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia. Chapters: (0:00:02) - Advising Sports Teams on Weather Conditions (0:05:36) - Forecasting Weather for a Baseball Team (0:10:42) - Weather and Sports (0:18:16) - The Benefits of Advanced Weather Technology (0:23:34) - Weather's Impact on Sports Decisions (0:30:48) - Weather Consideration in Major League Baseball Chapter Summaries: (0:00:02) - Advising Sports Teams on Weather Conditions (6 Minutes) Across the Sky', a national Lee Enterprises weather podcast, is hosted by meteorologists Sean Sublette in Richmond, Joe Martucci in Atlantic City and Matt Holiner in Chicago. This episode discusses the winter storms that have recently been plaguing the Midwest, and how the weather in the upcoming weeks is expected to be mild with snow expected to return next week. They also bring on a guest, Paul Gross, a recently retired broadcast meteorologist who has been consulting for the Detroit Tigers and other big-name sports teams for a while now. (0:05:36) - Forecasting Weather for a Baseball Team (5 Minutes) The conversation focuses on the protocols for forecasting lightning and calling or pausing a game as a result. It is explained that the safety of the players and the field conditions must be taken into account, as well as the safety of everyone in the stadium. An example is given of a situation which occurred during a game, when a severe thunderstorm was taking a direct bead on the ballpark and the umpire refused to stop the game. A discussion follows on the protocols for lightning and how they have changed over the years, with insight from the Paul's experience advising the Tigers. (0:10:42) - Weather and Sports (8 Minutes) This chapter of the Across the Sky podcast covers the significance of lightning and how it can be a major weather killer, yet often flies under the radar due to lack of media coverage. The conversation then transitions to the importance of time when it comes to the weather in relation to sports games and the preparation that goes into playing a game. It is noted that the decision to start the game is often up to the home team general manager. The conversation then delves into a situation in which the Detroit Tigers had a game in Boston, but with a massive rain area approaching the game was started despite the fact that it was unlikely to be completed. (0:18:16) - The Benefits of Advanced Weather Technology (5 Minutes) This conversation is about a unique experience involving the weather at the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Paul Gross recounts how, as a season ticket holder, he and his family had purchased tickets for the game, and a cousin from Chicago had come in to join them. The weather forecast was mostly dry, but the commissioner of baseball, who was a bit of a nervous type when it came to the weather, asked the speaker to stay with him during the game. As the game progressed, the speaker was able to track a few showers on radar. (0:23:34) - Weather's Impact on Sports Decisions (7 Minutes) The conversation focuses on weather's impact on the game of baseball, particularly the flight of the ball in different weather conditions. The speaker talks about his experience with Michigan football and a game they played in Colorado where they were at risk of being affected by a tropical storm. They also discuss the Detroit Lions and their playing both inside and outside and the impact of weather on their games and practices. The speaker talks about the high stakes of the information he provides and how it can affect the outcome of games. Lastly, they talk about whether decision makers ever ask the speaker what he would do in a high stakes situation' (0:30:48) - Weather Consideration in Major League Baseball (12 Minutes) Matt Holiner shared his experience of working as a meteorologist for the Cincinnati Reds and his comparison of the different mentalities between football and baseball when it comes to forecasting weather. Matt discussed how teams will wait for two or three hours until they make the call to cancel a game due to inclement weather and how he had to communicate with the grounds crew and operations manager but not the players. He also shared that football has a higher threshold for what they will tolerate weather-wise and will play in almost any condition, while baseball has a lower threshold and will typically only play if the field is not deemed dangerous. Shownotes generated by Podium.page.
247Sports Embed ResourceDot LoaderThere were a lot of South Carolina Gamecocks football recruiting stories on TheBigSpur, to close out the dead period.It helped that Under Armour’s camp series kicked off its spring 2023 run with a stop outside of Atlanta. Updates from the Under Armour session at Carrollton (Ga.) High School were posted to the PPG message board. An introductory story, with a link to the board, is available to read ...
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There were a lot of South Carolina Gamecocks football recruiting stories on TheBigSpur, to close out the dead period.
It helped that Under Armour’s camp series kicked off its spring 2023 run with a stop outside of Atlanta. Updates from the Under Armour session at Carrollton (Ga.) High School were posted to the PPG message board. An introductory story, with a link to the board, is available to read right here.
Included among the campers was 2024 South Carolina commitment Michael Smith. The four-star tight end from Savannah, Ga. went in-depth about his recruiting process and where things stand. Read that story right here.
Smith was believed to be among the top performers at Under Armour. The 247Sports evaluators had some good things to say about his showing.
TheBigSpur caught up with several Gamecocks targets after the camp was over. Listed below are the prospects who we’ve already published stories on…
2024 DE Justin Greene (Lawrenceville, Ga.) - LINK2025 OT David Sanders (Charlotte, N.C.) - LINK2026 QB Julian Lewis (Carrollton, Ga.) - LINK2023 LB Jamonta Waller (Picayune, Miss.) - LINK2023 DL Malik Blocton (Pike Road, Ala.) - LINK2023 CB Kamron Mikell (Statesboro, Ga.) - LINK2023 DL Jeremiah Beaman (Birmingham, Ala.) - LINK
Several 2024 prospects have confirmed visit plans for later this spring. When is quarterback commitment Dante Reno visiting South Carolina again? Read more here.
It’s actually the same window when linebacker Wendell Gregory will be visiting again. That story is available here.
A three-star wide receiver from Philadelphia, Brandon Rehmann, plans to visit again in March. That story, with notes on some other potential visitors, can be read at this link.
Marcus Downs, an unranked defensive lineman out of Riverside High School in Greer, S.C., has several visits planned for this spring. Included among them is a return to South Carolina’s campus. Where else is he headed?
Four-star safety Kelvin Hunter (Florence, S.C.) has already made arrangements for an official visit to South Carolina. The 2024 prospect will be on campus in late June.
Our latest VIP Room included several recruiting notes, as always.
Director of player personnel Taylor Edwards shared South Carolina’s philosophy on offers. Read that story here.
Edwards also weighed in with a few thoughts on the NCAA Transfer Portal. Here’s what he had to say at this link.
Booker Pickett Jr., a 2024 defensive end from Florida, mentioned South Carolina in this story written by Steve Wiltfong.
CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women's tennis team is set to begin league play on Tuesday with a trip to Boiling Springs to battle Gardner-Webb with first serve set for 2 p.m…MATCHDAY CENTRAL MATCHUP: Presbyterian (2-11) at Gardner-Webb (3-5, 0-1) TIME: Tuesday, March 7, 2 p.m. LOCATION: Webb Tennis Complex (Boiling Springs, N.C.)COACH ROBERTS ON GWU MATCH "Can't wait to get conference play started ...
CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women's tennis team is set to begin league play on Tuesday with a trip to Boiling Springs to battle Gardner-Webb with first serve set for 2 p.m…
MATCHDAY CENTRAL MATCHUP: Presbyterian (2-11) at Gardner-Webb (3-5, 0-1) TIME: Tuesday, March 7, 2 p.m. LOCATION: Webb Tennis Complex (Boiling Springs, N.C.)
COACH ROBERTS ON GWU MATCH "Can't wait to get conference play started tomorrow at Gardner-Webb. The last couple of years have always been a 4-3 battle with Gardner-Webb so I expect nothing less tomorrow afternoon."
SCOUTING THE RUNNIN' BULLDOGS - Gardner-Webb comes into play on Tuesday with a 3-5 record after the Runnin' Bulldogs dropped their league opener on Saturday to Charleston Southern 5-2. - GWU has earned wins this season over Queens, Converse and Limestone. - The Runnin' Bulldogs are led in singles play by Emilia Roslund who sits at 6-2 in her singles action this spring as all eight matches have been played at the No. 2 spot. Elise Semmartin is 4-4 on the year for GWU. - In doubles, Manon Delsol and Katie Watts are 3-2 on the year to lead Gardner-Webb thru its opening eight matches. - Gardner-Webb holds a 13-2 advantage over the Blue Hose with the two teams splitting the last two meetings as the Runnin' Bulldogs downed PC 4-3 in Clinton last season. Presbyterian earned a 4-3 win in 2021 at Gardner-Webb.
LAST TIME OUT - Junior Lucianna Piedra, along with sophomore Claudia Sanchez tallied a doubles win for the fifth time this season on Saturday before both earned singles wins, but the Presbyterian College women's tennis team came out on the wrong end of a 5-2 result at Western Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
LEAGUE OPENER - The Blue Hose look to continue their recent success in league openers earning the wins in the conference opener in three of the last four matchups that PC has opened the conference slate.
NEWCOMERS - Presbyterian returns four players from last season's team while adding a trio of new faces to the squad for the 2022-23 season. - Fourth-year head coach Joel Roberts welcomes back junior Lucianna Piedra (Mexico City, Mexico), sophomore Madison Dennett (Palm City, Fla.), Valentina De Sousa (Caracas, Venezuela), and Claudia Sanchez (Betera, Valencia, Spain). - Roberts also welcomes Varvara Nikolaeva (Suffolk, Va.) along with McKenzie Davis (Florence, S.C.) and Claire Giddings (Milton, Ga.) as the three freshmen to the roster for the 22-23 season.
SPRING SLATE - Head Coach Joel Roberts 2023 spring slate features 20 matches, including 14 in the non-conference, beginning with the weekend's matches at Lander and Clemson. - 12 of the 14 non-conference matches occur against teams who tallied 10+ wins during the 2022 season, highlighted by three with 19 wins last year. The three teams to total 19 victories were the College of Charleston, Charlotte, and Long Island. - In conference play, PC hosts Campbell, UNC Asheville, and Radford, with trips to Gardner-Webb, Longwood, and Charleston Southern on tap this spring.
MARION, S.C. – The board of directors of the Marion County Healthcare Foundation presented an $80,000 community impact grant to Marion County School District and PACE Center for Girls to serve up to 40 girls in Marion County by providing individual, peer group and family counseling sessions along with individual goal setting and implementing strategies for future success.PACE Center for Girls Reach Program Director for South Carolina Lisa Spears said the program has locations in Florence and Darlington. Marion will be one of fiv...
MARION, S.C. – The board of directors of the Marion County Healthcare Foundation presented an $80,000 community impact grant to Marion County School District and PACE Center for Girls to serve up to 40 girls in Marion County by providing individual, peer group and family counseling sessions along with individual goal setting and implementing strategies for future success.
PACE Center for Girls Reach Program Director for South Carolina Lisa Spears said the program has locations in Florence and Darlington. Marion will be one of five locations with expansions coming to both Florence and Darlington counties.
Pace is expanding its Reach programming to provide social, emotional, behavioral and mental health counseling to girls ages 11-17 in Marion County. Officials said the expansion is in response to the growing need for mental health resources for young girls in the region and made possible thanks to the Marion County Healthcare Foundation.
“I think girls in the area have a need for empowerment and assisting them on their path to emotional wellness and we’re excited to help them fill that need.” Spears said. “Our program provides individual counseling and group counseling for girls and we do counseling with the parents as well. We are going to be focused on referrals from girls in middle school and the alternative school.”
Spears said the biggest benefit of the program is helping girls get motivated about the future and finding their voice.
Senior Director of Program Performance and Innovation April Brownlee said an investment in girls in an investment in community.
“We break multigenerational cycles and we know that our girls become better and we are beyond grateful for the support of the Marion County Healthcare Foundation,” she said.
The PACE mission is to provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. The program launched in Florida in 1985 and has grown from 21 locations to expanding in Georgia in 2018 and South Carolina in 2022.
“Pace’s team of counselors, therapists and educators develop individualized approaches based on each girl’s unique strengths — centering her experience as a young woman in this world,” Brownlee said. “There is great in every girl, and we are optimistic that our programming will empower girls and change outcomes in South Carolina and beyond.”
Marion County Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Pete Mazzaroni said the program aligns with the school district’s strategic plan and focus area in public education.
“When we assessed the grant we felt that this was something really important for us to support,” he said.
Marion County Superintendent Dr. Kandace Bethea she appreciated the partnership because it goes hand-in-hand with academics.
“Any type of support and wrap-around service we are able to provide is a benefit,” Bethea said. “We’re just excited and we’re looking forward to growing this program already.”
Bethea said the Marion County Healthcare Foundation continues to be a large supporter of the school district.
“This will have a tremendous impact,” she said. “We have not had as many supports in place for our female population and that is a great need so I think it will be much needed a long overdue.”
Marion County Department of Juvenile Justice Director Cynthia O. Ford said she is grateful to have the opportunity for young girls.
“It is needed and I’m glad to have the resources.”
Enrollment in the program at Palmetto Middle School will begin this August 2023 with outreach to the Success Academy Alternative School.
“The emotional health needs in Marion County are significant. For many girls, participating in Pace Reach will be one of their first opportunities to learn about mental and emotional wellness,” Spears said.
Girls who participate in the program improve their skills and ability to make healthy decisions and reduce harmful habits to their health, wellness and safety. Through these services, girls learn how to manage stress and adversities, improve personal relationships, learn new communication skills and improve school performance.
“I am thrilled to see much needed gender-responsive, trauma-informed, and strength-based mental health and social services coming to adolescent girls in Marion County, through Pace Center for Girls,” Sen. Kent M. Williams said. “This is an organization I believe will do great things for our community, and I look forward to continuing to support their work.”