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Guidance Events and Activities

Parent Prep

Starting in 2014, the PTO embarked on an important mission to support and sponsor outstanding parent programming for our community.  Building on our mission that Pinewood is dedicated to excellence in the intellectual, physical, ethical, and social development of its students, families, faculty and staff - we focused on creating the very best parent education program.  This exciting partnership comes in many forms including evening presentations, book clubs, and the evolution of a library of guidance resources for parents.  Highlights from the 2014-2015 school year include presentations about Trends in Drug and Alcohol Education, College 101, and a visit by nationally known psychologist/author Dr. Robert Brooks.  The goal is to have 3-4 of these events each year.  Parent Prep events are open to the public.  

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JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes

Each day, 40 children are diagnosed with Type I Diabetes (T1D) in the United States. It is critical that we educate our community about diabetes.  The Kids Walk program is an important part of JDRF’s educational effort. Increasing recognition of the signs and symptoms of diabetes leads to earlier accurate diagnosis, reduced ER visits, and improved quality of life for families adjusting to the demands of a life with Type 1 diabetes.

Pinewood Panthers of all ages have collected over $12,000 to support the JDRF Kids Walk. Our school wide events are always fun and include education by Pinewood students and families who live with Type 1 diabetes. Challenges are presented to the students to make fundraising exciting.  Our 2014 reward for passing our goal was to send Head of School, Steve Mandell, to the roof of the gym for 24 hours!  We will continue to develop thrilling ways to incorporate education, community support and fun as we walk to cure diabetes each year!

College 101

College 101 is an event designed to prepare our graduating seniors for college life beyond the classroom. To lead the conversation, we include alumni, college faculty and community organizations to talk about safety with dating, about the transition to college living, about wise decisions about alcohol consumption and about successful habits to develop.  Our time together is focused on helping the students make the move to college in a healthy and safe manner while tackling difficult topics with candor.