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School Spotlight: Pinnacle Charter

Monday, April 20, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kyle Bobrick
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School Spotlight: Pinnacle Charter

Kyle Bobrick, League Marketing

 

 

Over the past month we’ve been inundated with sad and disheartening COVID-19 stories. Students, teachers and school leaders across Colorado are facing new challenges every day. Pinnacle Charter however, has been able to meet those challenges head-on.

 

Two weeks ago, Chad Miller, Chief Financial Officer for Pinnacle charter was featured in a Fox31 story last month, which highlighted the school’s efforts to provide lunches to families through a bus delivery system. One month later, along with the entire country, Pinnacle Charter grapples with its shift to a remote learning mode. However, they have continued to identify the need for providing meals to their students and families, as well as the neighboring community.

 

“We’re very fortunate to have a transportation department at Pinnacle,” Miller says, “so with the bus drivers already knowing the students and their stops, it made sense to continue to provide lunches to the families who need them.” While distributing lunches to families was an incredible service, Pinnacle had to adapt to the nature of the pandemic, which meant prioritizing the bus driver’s health. Therefore, in order to keep bus drivers healthy as well as provide a hot lunch to families, which was previously not an option through meal delivery, they decided to shift to a distribution model from the school. This new food distribution allows families to pick up a hot lunch as well as a breakfast option for the next day.

 

Another unforeseen COVID-19 challenge that unfolded in front of Pinnacle’s leadership team was identifying a need for food from the neighboring community of the school. “Through this school closure process we found out that there were a large number of students from other schools who needed lunches as well, so as long as they’re under 18 years old, we’ve decided to serve lunches to students in our area who need them,” Miller states. “In fact, it’s been incredible to see how this community has come together – we’ve actually had other faculty from neighboring schools offer to come help in the kitchen to serve meals to kiddos, and while we’re fully staffed and didn’t need it, we were so appreciative and humbled by the way this community has come together during this time.”

 

As Colorado and the rest of the country continue to wade through these uncertain waters, Pinnacle Charter School has remained resolute in finding ways to serve their students and families. “Like everyone else, we’re unsure about a timeline for when we can return to the classroom, but what we are sure about is our commitment to our families, maintaining communication lines open with them, and keeping our students as the focal point for everything that we do.” Pinnacle Charter School plans on continuing to serve lunches throughout the school year and through the summer to their students as well as neighboring students in need.