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Nashville entrepreneurs tackle childhood screen addiction with Firefly Forts franchise, while one mom seeks understanding in Arizona’s school voucher debate


Feb 13, 2024
From pandemic brainstorm to thriving business: The evolution of an idea

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.

One mom from Arizona, Carrie Sharp, sought to understand the school voucher debate and its potential impact. With two boys in elementary school, she wanted to be well-informed about the issue. Arizona, where a school voucher program has been in place for 13 years, was researched for insight into the potential outcomes of such a program. This reporting has given Carrie a lot to think about as a mom and a taxpayer, and she believes it will do the same for others.

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

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