Jupiter, FL – April 2017 During a recent Pinnacle Kids (PK) survey of teachers at Jupiter Elementary to determine any special needs items they could use help obtaining, one teacher had a slightly different list of items. Among the many appeals for regular classroom supplies from teachers, hers had on it portable CD players, headphones and headphone splitters, along with learning-English CDs. PK was pleased to be able to provide these items along with fulfilling the many other Wish-List entries from hers and the other Jupiter Elementary teachers who participated. PK founder Rob Restino spoke with teacher Phyllis Svane and learned she had hoped for these educational items to help not only her students who were struggling with learning English, but also their families.
Ms. Svane utilizes the CDs for class lessons but also encourages her students to take them home and practice with their families if they desire. Many of her pupils have parents and/or guardians who have no means to assist their young family members with a new language as they are often not fluent in it themselves. The thought that these particular items may be helping students beyond the classroom and bringing enrichment to families is truly gratifying. Trying to learn anything in your second language can prove to be extremely difficult and PK was moved to see how Ms. Svane wanted to be sure her pupils had every chance to flourish.
Melissa Migliore of Pinnacle Kids delivers donations to Jupiter Elementary. L to R: Melissa with Asst. Principal Deborah McNichols and Culture Coordinator Jennifer Mooney
As a financial advisor, PK founder Robert Restino often works in the Palm Beach County School System. The inspiration to found the Pinnacle Kids organization arose from his interactions with so many dedicated teachers such as Ms. Svane and all those at Jupiter Elementary. He founded PK to help teachers and students in the community and to help ensure they have the tools they need for success. For more information on Jupiter Elementary, please click here. For more information or to donate to Pinnacle Kids, please visit www.PinnacleKids.org. Thank you to those working to make positive change everywhere!
Jupiter, FL – April 2017 When Pinnacle Kids (PK) recently asked teachers at Coral Sunset Elementary to complete an online questionnaire to list some of the items their classrooms could use, they were surprised at one teacher’s unique request. Among the many more common appeals for pencils, paper, ink and printers was one PK hadn’t seen before: yoga mats for kindergartners. New teacher, Jennifer Wexler, wanted to find a way to create a cohesive community for her students and address a few behavioral issues at the same time. With the help of Pinnacle Kids’ donations of the yoga mats, she has incorporated a light yoga session in the afternoon to help the children work off some of their excess physical energy. Ms. Wexler says that the kids love practicing yoga and that it also helps alleviate anxiety and stress, and assists them in maintaining focus on lessons. “They love the movement and it accesses a different part of their brain to help them learn their sight words.”
Kindergarten students from Ms. Wexler’s class participate in some light yoga
It is truly humbling for Pinnacle Kids to be able to assist teachers in making their classrooms into better environments for learning and growth. For more information on Coral Sunset Elementary, please click here. For more information or to donate to Pinnacle Kids, please visit www.PinnacleKids.org Thank you to all those working to make positive change everywhere!
Okeechobee, FL – February 2017 Pinnacle Kids (PK) stepped outside the box recently and helped a family in need whose child is home-schooled just west of Palm Beach County. Robert Restino, founder of PK, was contacted about the Wandertree family who homeschools their child, Freyja. Homeschooling requires a lot of dedication from both the teacher and the child and comes with a different set of obstacles for those who endeavor to teach their child at home. When the family found themselves in desperate need of a computer so Freyja could continue her homeschooling, PK stepped in to help, donating a new laptop. Having the computer enables her to advance along with her studies online and to keep up with the many other unique ways that homeschool education is delivered.
Freyja Wandertree, ready for lessons to begin with her new laptop from Pinnacle Kids
As a financial advisor, Robert works in the Palm Beach County School System, and the inspiration to found the Pinnacle Kids organization arose from his interactions with so many dedicated teachers. He founded PK to help teachers and students in the community and to help ensure they have the tools they need to succeed and to make the most of their education. Thank you to those working to make positive change everywhere!
Lake Worth, FL – February 2017 Pinnacle Kids (PK) surprised the teachers and staff at Palm Springs Elementary in Lake Worth last week. Robert Restino and Melissa Migliore of PK showed up with bags of supplies after receiving teacher requests through the www.PinnacleKids.org contact page. Melissa worked hard to obtain as many of the requested items as possible in hopes all their needs could me bet. On Friday, PK showed up to the school carrying bags and bags of supplies, each designated for a teacher. PK was also thrilled to learn that special items donated to the school from the Christmas toy drive PK assisted with are being used as prizes learning contests throughout the school. Having incentive-based learning can create a fun atmosphere and increased engagement in the school learning activities.
L to R, Assistant Principal Andrew Kline, Principal Dawn Lewis, PK Field Manager Melissa Migliore, Ms. Debra Keezer, PK Executive Director Robert R. Restino
As a financial advisor who works in the Palm Beach County School System, Robert was inspired to found the Pinnacle Kids organization after learning that many teachers often use portions of their own salary to supplement classrooms. PK was founded on the idea that every teacher in the community should have the tools they need, so that all children are enabled to succeed within our school system. For more information on Palm Springs Elementary, please click here. Thank you to everyone working to make positive change everywhere!
Jupiter, FL – January 2017 Robert Restino and Melissa Migliore of Pinnacle Kids were at South Grade Elementary in Lake Worth recently where they surveyed the teachers to find out what kind of school supplies were most in need. After receiving their requests, Pinnacle loaded up bags with school supplies and coordinated with Principal Michael Riley to deliver heaps of items, including basic classroom supplies, 60+ individual whiteboards for students, a variety of teacher requested STEM-related learning tools, plus over 100 books for their media center. They also returned later with additional Art Supplies to round out the donations for the students and teachers at South Grade.
Many of the schools receiving help from Pinnacle Kids are located in areas of high poverty and need help to fill in the often immense gaps in funding experienced in these local communities. Pinnacle Kids wants our teachers to have the tools and basic supplies they need to enable them time to focus on actual teaching and student interaction. For more information on South Grade Elementary, please click here. Thank you to everyone working to make things easier on hard-working teachers everywhere!
We hope everyone had a great holiday, happy New Year!
Jupiter, FL – Dec 9, 2016 They’re doing it again! Just before the holidays last year, restaurant owner Johnny Hiatt of Johnny Mangos and Maria Morris of Valley National Bank found themselves talking about wanting to do something for underprivileged kids in their area for Christmas. They each put up large donation boxes at Johnny Mangos and Valley National Bank in Jupiter and reached out to their clientele to help collect toys and gifts. It went so well, they have joined forces again this year, this time to collect and distribute toys and gifts to students at Palm Springs Elementary.
The Title I school is in an area where many families are economically disadvantaged and could use some extra help to provide gifts for deserving children at Christmas time. Rob Restino of Pinnacle Kids, who helped in putting them together with Jupiter Elementary last year, worked with them again this year. After speaking with Principal Dawn Lewis at Palm Springs Elementary, he knew they would be a perfect place for this year’s donations. On Friday, December 9th, gifts including toys, drones, bikes, sporting equipment and stuffed animals were delivered to the school in hopes of spreading some love and joy for the season! Thank you to everyone who donated at Johnny Mangos and Valley National Bank and all the people working to make a positive difference in their community!