The Pepin Academies Foundation hosted its third webinar in its webinar series, Planning for Life, on Tuesday, September 28. This webinar series highlighted the importance of legacy gifting. What does your family value the most? Are those values aligned across generations? How do you ensure your family’s wealth is utilized for your intended purposes? Find out how to make a lasting impact through legacy gifting. All proceeds from the event benefited Pepin Academies. 

Our goal is to have every classroom adopted! Any individual or business may sponsor or “adopt” a classroom to help equip teachers and students with needed school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year. We're thrilled to announce that we have raised $23,000 so far!

Once a classroom is adopted, 100% of your contribution goes directly towards academic enrichments. The teachers are given the opportunity to determine how best to spend the money in their classrooms, such as purchasing computer software, books, visual aids, and more. Together, we can continue to empower students with learning disabilities to maximize their potential in a positive educational environment! 

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$1,000 Per Classroom or $2,500 Across All Three Campuses.

The Pepin Academies Foundation hosted its second webinar in its webinar series, Planning for Life, on Monday, May 17. This webinar series highlighted the importance of planning for your special needs child’s future by thinking of thoughtful financial strategies, like special needs trusts, pooled trusts, ABLE accounts, and more. All proceeds from the event benefited Pepin Academies. 

Pepin Academies has launched its inaugural “Adopt-a-Classroom” and “Adopt-a-Student” campaigns to help equip teachers and students with needed school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year.

Pepin Academies are public, tuition-free charter schools located in Tampa, Riverview, and New Port Richey that serve students with learning disabilities in grades 3-12.

On a recent edition of The Current, Roxanne Wilder chats with Don Orrico, executive director of Pepin Academies Foundation. Please listen to the interview by clicking here

Starting a new school year is already expensive, but going back during a pandemic is putting even more stress on the budgets of teachers and parents.

Pepin Academies has created an Adopt-A-Classroom and Adopt-A-Student campaign.

James Jacobelli’s sixth-grade reading class plans to throw a sorting ceremony when they finish reading "Harry Potter." The Adopt-A-Classroom program allows for this type of innovation.

“Things like that would be really hard to do without programs like this because it’s a lot of extra costs but its something the students really remember and it gets them excited about reading,” said Jacobelli.

Pepin Academies is a nonprofit independent charter school for students with learning disabilities in grades 3-12.

“The type of education we provide is so highly customized it just isn’t covered by the funds that are normally allocated to the schools,” said Dan Orrico, with the Pepin Academies Foundation.

“The costs for COVID enhancements and the precautions we need to take have easily gone into the six figures this year,” said Pepin Academies executive director Jeff Skowronek.

The school is looking for the community’s help. For $1,000, you can adopt a classroom and for $250 you can adopt a student for the school year.

“So many students don’t have the resources at home to have the supplies they need so the more we are able to give them as a school community really helps our students be successful,” said Jacobelli.

Pepin has more than 100 classrooms across three campuses. They are particularly looking to businesses to step up, not just by writing a check, but taking a seat at a desk.

“Have our business community and individuals be more engaged with the classroom, be more engaged with the students, understand what it is that is really happening here, why it's so special,” said Orrico.

Julie Weintraub is proud to say her business adopted the library. She says when it comes to education, teachers shouldn’t have to cut corners.

“Those adoptions allow the teachers to get the tools they need to be able to help these children succeed,” said Weintraub.

Pepin Academies' goal is to have every classroom adopted by the end of the year.

For more information, or to adopt a classroom or student, go to pepinacademiesfoundation.org.

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The Pepin Academies Foundation is launching fundraising campaigns to help students and teachers with school supplies. 
Don Orrico, director of development for Pepin Academies said, "We're running two concurrent programs, 'Adopt-a-Classroom' and 'Adopt-a-Student.'" 

The 'Adopt-a-Student' funds will provide students with a backpack filled with needed school supplies. 

"The goal we have at Pepin Academics is to make sure that every student reaches their full potential in the most supportive environment possible," Jeff Skrownek, executive director of Pepin Academies Hillsborough school explained. 

The 'Adopt-a-Classroom' donations will furnish materials for teachers to enhance academic learning for students. 

"It’s expensive to purchase school supplies," Orrico shared. "It's expensive to get the type of specific type of supplies that our teachers need to educate our students." 

This is the first year for the community school drive for students with learning disabilities. 

"This kind of campaign gives us the opportunity to level the playing field for each student, so they can feel comfortable in their environment, not worrying about who has what, and who doesn't and focus on the education that is at hand," explained Skrownek. 

Lea Lewis is a teacher for Pepin Academies and sees the need first hand. "We have a classroom-based business called ‘Tees by Teens,’ where we specialize in customizing spirit shirts," Lewis said. "This campaign will allow us to expand this classroom-based business."  

A call for community help to support teachers and students in need. Pepin Academies has classes for 3rd graders to 12 graders. 

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