Even the last bell of the school day doesn't stop Tampa teachers Jesse Thompson and Lee Valenti from teaching.
Instead, they head over to Seminole Heights, across from Seminole Heights Elementary School to their new community-based business, Hey Giant.
A "space for creativity and learning," Hey Giant offers tutoring services, a place for students to do homework or meet for projects, professional development, creative writing classes, social media classes to educate parents on what they're children are doing and more.
"It's not just for the students, it's for educators and parents as well," Valenti said.
Over the past year, Thompson and Valenti have traveled all over the South and as far as New York, consulting with schools on technology integration and how to implement innovative ideas into classrooms.
That's when they decided to open their own educational resource.
"It's an empty space with direction provided," Thompson said. "We are open to being an outlet for young adults and young people in the area."
Thompson and Valenti plan on hosting community game nights, a summer film festival, STEM workshops, a spring break coding camp and more.
Though they have been operating in the soft opening stages over the last few days, they will have an official grand opening event Sunday, Reflections of the Community: Telling Tales With Tiles. Everyone is welcome to create a tile that symbolizes who they are.
The painting will take place at 6202 N Central Ave. from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information visit, heygiant.com or call (813) 586-0565.
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