People Living the Lives They Choose
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Peak Community Services was the recipient of two donations recently.
In support of Autism Awareness Month Thompson Elementary School conducted a month-long fund-raiser. Special Needs Teacher, Michelle Stainton, motivated the students to support autism awareness by donating $1.00 for a puzzle piece. The students were enthusiastically making their family and friends aware, also. Cole McCloskey raised $175 and the total donation was $2,074.50. Don Weikle, Cole, and Ms. Stainton are pictured above.
Raistlin Coppernol presented a check for $1036 to Don Weikle, CEO of Peak Community Services. Raistlin, a senior at Lewis Cass High School, selected autism awareness for his project. He was inspired by his cousin Jacob, who is on the autism spectrum and has overcome many obstacles.
The donation was achieved by conducting two fundraisers. One was the sale of autism ribbon magnets and the other was the Strike-out Autism Bowl-a-Thon held in April during Autism Awareness Month. More than 120 participated in the bowl-a-thon and over 200 magnets were sold. Lori Haynes, Raistlin’s aunt, was the mentor for the project. Raistlin is considering making this an annual event.
Door prizes were donated by Pepsi, B&K East and West, McDonalds Westside, Arby’s, Mary Max Cinema, Applebee’s; Fireside Restaurant, Char-Betts, Martin Supermarket, Mr. Happy Burger, Pear Tree Gallery, 3rd Street Marsh, Soft Touch Car Wash, Westside Diner, Maurice’s, Coins Carats and Curio, and Minglin’s Jewelry. Shooters donated pizza for everyone.
Raistlin is the son of Peak Community Services' employee, Darlynn Norwood. Don Weikle, Darlyn and Raistlin are pictured above.
March 2014 Client of the MonthJamin Irwin was presented with the client of the month award for March. Family Services selected Jamin for her positive attitude and personal growth. She has been receiving support from Peak Community Services for almost two years.
She enjoys music therapy, horseback riding, and is active at Faith Outreach Center. She has learned to play the guitar and recently had her first performance. She will be the worship leader for Vacation Bible School in June.
April 2014 Client of the MonthHabilitation selected Joy Pugh as client of the month for her positive attitude and personal growth. She has been taking nutrition and cooking classes to help her make better choices for a healthier lifestyle. She is also taking an exercise class and has increased her physical activity. She has lost sixty pounds. Joy is active in Special Olympics and loves several sports, especially basketball.
May 2014 Client of the MonthAnthony Byerline was nominated by Employment Services for his dedication to employment. He is prompt, has a great attendance record and works hard. He likes to please people and is very helpful. Anthony is active in Special Olympics’ basketball, boccie ball, and track. He also plays softball on his church’s team. Anthony is with Carolyn Burk from Work Services, a fellow employee at Matthew Warren, and Terry Dillman from Employment Services.
2014 Disability Awareness Month Poster Winner
During Disability Awareness Month Peak Community Services and Logan Savings Bank sponsored a Poster Contest for all 3rd grade students in Cass and Pulaski Counties. There were over 150 entries this year and the winning poster was drawn by Anna Artrip, a student at Landis Elementary School. She was recently awarded a Kindle Fire and a framed copy of her poster. (Anna is in the pink shirt). Also pictured are the runners up with their posters and Jane Williams, art teacher, and Sheila Wildermuth, representing Logan Savings Bank.
Also pictured above:
Tammy Downs enjoys a horseback ride; her first one!
Peak Community Services' Administrative Team are showing "Rubi." Rubi is representing INARF's forty years' service. INARF's CEO/President, Kim Opsahl recently visited with the administrative team and enjoyed a piece of Rubi's cake..
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