the school connect podcast

Tune in to hear the stories of everyday heroes – normal people just like you and me – who joined forces to overcome challenging community problems in powerful and creative ways

Everyday Heroes Like YOU!

We are not powerless to build the world our children deserve. Every day, normal people work together to overcome challenging community problems in powerful and creative ways.

Tune in to the School Connect Podcast to hear stories of the Village: local leaders who come together with passion and tenacity to fight for their communities. Whether it is a mentoring group started by a local fire department, a local faith leader connecting with parents, or a principal reassuring a traumatized child that she is not alone – their journeys give us the courage to create the change we hope to see.

Meet Your Hosts!

They might be known for their influence, network, and trail blazing efforts on behalf of the next generation, but our favorite thing about hosts Tracey Beal and Tim Tiller is their uncanny knack for saying out loud what we are all trying to figure out. How did that person do it? Am I the only one feeling confused and alone? What is the pattern to these everyday heroes who chose a different path? How do I get connected to people like that??

Every episode peels back the curtain to reveal the story of another everyday hero – just like you and me – who decided to stand up and use what they had to make a difference!


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We all make choices every day about what matters in our world. Who depends on us? What is worth our time, effort, and courage? How can we work together to create the change we hope to see?

Complete the form below to share your story! Tracey and Tim are looking for inspiring stories for a special segment called YOUR Life Matters featuring short stories from people who are using what they have to make a difference in their world. Apply today!

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Summertime means TIME spent with your #family, your #friends, and your #team! Tell us your Favorite Front “Pourch” Rule(s) in the comments! Do you never sip alone? Do you observe 5 o’clock somewhere rules? What’s your sip of choice?

Every person who comments with their favorite rule(s) will be entered into a drawing to win 2 free tickets to our Brewery Tour Fundraiser! 
Fundraising tickets available here:

Tour schedule available here:

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Happy Birthday America! We are so proud of our next generation and cannot wait to see the diversity, collaboration, and innovation you lead with!
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Winner winner, chicken dinner! Guess who played Tour Trivia and won? We are pleased to give a shout out to @pete_the_cat_design a local artist who has designed for both Lake Pleasant Brewing and Front Pourch Brewing. You can checkout more gorgeous artwork on Insta! 

We LOVE that all 3 breweries on our tour support local artists. Join us Thursday, July 25th:  #EngageLocal, #SupportLocal, #IMPACTLocal   

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Help @highland_lakes_school make their Love Our Schools Day project dreams come true! 

This innovative school wants to create a makerspace room for their students - a space where students can work collaboratively, creating and learning as they exploring new ideas and concepts!

Would you partner with them and share your talents and resources?

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Are you a school who wants to join Love Our Schools Day and invite your community? Sign up! 

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Are you ready for Tour Trivia!?! Which brewery on our tour has a local artist custom design their labels? Answer in the comments for a chance to win a shout out!  


Thursday, July 25 Tour Schedule Flyer: 

Enjoy an Exciting Brewery Tour and Poker Experience! More than just a brewery tour, get a chance to win big at our exclusive poker run. Purchase up to 4 tournament entries and play for a chance to win 50% of the prize pool. Sip on a craft beer at each of the breweries and receive a playing card at each location to build your best hand.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to tour the breweries and potentially walk away a winner! @lakepleasantbrewing @simplemachinebrewing @frontpourchbrewing 

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