In Nashville, Tennessee, a couple from Atlanta has turned an idea into a business that aims to get kids outside and away from screens. Firefly Forts, as it’s called, was created out of a desire to reduce screen time for their own kids and get them outside more. The couple, Mike and Kristin Scaglione, never intended for their fort-building hobby to turn into a business, but it has since expanded to include franchises in Miami and Nashville.
Keith Maddin, the owner of Firefly Forts Nashville, is excited about the expansion and sees it as exactly what he wants to be doing next. Despite their success, the Scagliones are now facing a difficult time as Mike has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. However, they are fortunate to have found someone to run the business in Nashville, allowing them to focus on his health and their family.
The company has not only created memories for families but also meaningful connections with their customers. One of their customers turned out to be Mike’s Neurosurgeon, showing the impact and reach of their business. The Scagliones are committed to creating a legacy of helping families create fun and memorable moments despite the challenges they may face.
As the school voucher debate takes center stage, one mom from Arizona sought to understand the issue and its potential impact on her community. Carrie Sharp wanted to be well-informed about the issue because she had two boys in elementary school. She researched Arizona’s experience with school voucher programs that have been in place for 13 years. This reporting has given her much food for thought as a mom and taxpayer alike, and she believes it will do the same for others who may be considering or already using such programs in other states