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Red Sneakers For
OAKLEY

Have you noticed more people walking around wearing red sneakers? It may be because of a young boy named Oakley Debbs.

If you ever met Oakley Debbs, you would have thought what a great kid he was. 11 years old, he attended Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach. He was a straight-A student, and a loving son and brother to his twin sister Olivia. He had an infectious smile, and he loved playing soccer and football

Late last year, while on vacation with his family, Oakley accidentally ate a piece of cake containing nut resin. Oakley’s parents knew he had a nut allergy, and had always been vigilant about his health, his allergy, and the asthma they managed. Oakley had developed blisters on his lips, so they gave him Benadryl. He seemed fine. In the hours after, though, his body went into anaphylactic shock, and he never recovered. The tragedy of Oakley’s death is unfathomable. Not least because it could have been prevented had the family known how to recognize the signs of a severe food allergy reaction and given him his epi-pen immediately.

Shortly after his passing, his family started Red Sneakers for Oakley, named after his favorite shoes. They knew right away they had to get the word out and spread awareness about food allergies so that no other parent or community need suffer a similar loss.

Spreading Awareness 

Their first awareness event was a community soccer game at the Palm Beach Recreation Center where hundreds of children came out to honor Oakley in a soccer jamboree wearing red sneakers. What was truly amazing about the turnout was that even families who don’t have food allergies showed up to express their support of the need for better education of the real dangers of food allergies.

At another recent event, just last month, families of Rosarian Academy participated in an Awareness Day with informational booths as well as carnival games and rides for the children. Over 400 people attended.

The Mission of Red Sneakers for Oakley

The mission of Red Sneakers for Oakley is to empower families and communities with the tools and information to better protect their children. In just 8 weeks, Red Sneakers for Oakley gained 7,500 followers on Facebook, with an average weekly reach of 40,000, and a growing audience of a combined 100,000+ across all their social media accounts.

One of their Calls to Action is to ask people to wear red sneakers to promote the movement and food allergy awareness, to take photos and to post on social media platforms. And it’s working. Red Sneakers for Oakley has truly galvanized an online movement that did not exist before.

The Red Sneaker symbol is a simple one, but it is resonating with millennials and Gen X’ers alike. Red Sneakers for Oakley has received thousands of messages and posts from people all over the world. They are also receiving testimonials from parents who might otherwise have suffered a tragic incident with their own child had they not heard Oakley’s story.

The dangers of food allergies may be known to parents of children who have them, but many people overlook the severity of them. Have you ever witnessed people questioning whether an “allergy mom” is being overly cautious at a play date? It happens all the time. Red Sneakers for Oakley hopes to change that attitude. It only takes one bite for a child with allergies to potentially have a life-threatening, fatal reaction.

That is the heart and soul of Red Sneakers for Oakley:  Children and their communities rallying to make sure everyone understands the true severity of what some people call the allergy epidemic in America.

More than 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. Yet there is a widespread lack of awareness and confusion surrounding how to respond properly to anaphylactic reactions.

The road ahead is still daunting as Red Sneakers for Oakley hopes to grow its reach into the millions and raise much-needed funds for awareness programs. Somehow, somewhere, the Debbs family finds the strength and courage to keep promoting their cause, but they can’t do it without you.

 This is how YOU can help 

Wear Red Sneakers

  • What: Any red sneaker will do, take a photo and post on social media
  • How: Use the hashtags #redsneakersforoakley #livlikeoaks #foodallergyawareness
  • Where: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

Share this link when and where you can 

Raise awareness.  Organize a community event at your school, recreation center or local business Flyers are available for download at  Red Sneakers.org

Donate with card or paypal

Follow Red Sneakers for Oakley:

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A BALANCING ACT
Clementine Goutal’s
Upper Echelon Academy

A passion for horses, a love of learning, and the indomitable will to succeed. That’s all it took for Wellington’s own Clementine Goutal to make a full life for herself—and she created a service to help adolescents looking to balance their goals and obligations like she did.  During an exclusive interview with Quest Magazine’s Alex Travers, Clementine explains how her connection with horses, her education, and her drive for excellence resulted in Upper Echelon Academy.  

 The concept behind her tutoring company seems like a novelty but she explains that the inspiration actually stemmed back to when she was an adolescent and was in the position of UEA’s clientele:

“I commuted to Florida to ride and was myself tutored by Andy Bowers, who is now my partner and a dear friend,” says Clementine. “I had such a seamless transition from our homeschool setting back into private school in New York each season, because Andy took care of all the odds and ends. He coordinated with everyone who required time and energy from me, so that my academics were uncompromised, and I never felt like I sacrificed one goal for the pursuit of another.”

Clementine and her team of education professionals offer innovative tutoring services with the same time-management tactics she learned from a young age to help a new generation of student-athletes balance their activities, academics, and work careers. They foster the same love of learning and passion for sports that helped Clementine reach her own goals. 

“The evolution of UEA has been organic and where we saw needs we developed solutions. Right now we are so proud to launch UEA Beginnings for young students Pre-K through 5th grade. We felt there was an inadequacy in the quality of education for children of this age, who still need small classroom settings to flourish. We brought in spectacular early-learning specialists and created a cost-effective option for year-round students.”

 Click Here to Read Quest Magazine January 2017 issue ‘A Love of Learning’ 

 

About Upper Echelon Academy

Conveniently located in the heart of Wellington, near the horse show, Upper Echelon Academy provides individualized tutoring services and an accredited program for students year round.  UEA provides instruction from a selection of more than 30 teachers, and works with students from all over the globe. The academy has specialists in more than 12 languages, college preparation, standardized testing, special education, early learning development, and even adult education.

“Resources such as a study hall, writing center, and a Sports Psychologist are at all of our students’ fingertips.  A lot of the instruction is one-on-one education in our clients’ homes; we also have a state of the art tutoring center located on Southshore Boulevard for those who prefer to work in a classroom or office setting.”

Clementine works closely with Andy, his wife Kate, and Heather Youngblood to make sure UEA students have every resource available to them. They work with schools, coaches, doctors, parents, and a myriad of other parties to ensure students never sacrifice their passions or wellbeing. “Our whole mantra is this balancing act, which we have down to a science! We want to see our students thriving in every domain from the classroom to the arena, and smiling at the end of the day.”

 

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Le Rosey celebrates its 4th Annual Palm Beach Reunion

Missing:  Alvaro Gonzalez and Allison Reed (arrived after photographer left)

Palm Beach may be not be home to as many Roséens as Miami is, but after 4 years, the yearly reunion has become a destination!   This year, not only did we have our ‘ongoing local and neighboring loyals,’ We were also honored with anciens who flew in specifically for the event:  Alvaro Gonzalez who flew from Tampa and drove another hour to join us: Peter Bender who flew in from South America and of course nothing would keep one of our most devoted anciens, Ned Brown and his lovely bride Cristina from flying in to support us…  Now that’s loyalty!!

Other attending Rosey anciens included: Hashem Khosrovani, Bob Reynolds, Maria and Ian Slavin, Victoria de Rouvre-Selcuk, Allison Reed, James Grey, Fernando Marques, Mark McAlpin, Robert Riva, Warren Robbins and Molly Dalton Robbins, Henrik Vanderlip and Stoddard Vandersteel. 

A few who had to cancel last minute and were dearly missed:  Mitra Ashraf, Rene Silvin, Karine Aubery, Charles Hudson and Andrew Sullivan, Bill Solloway, Margie Allinson, Virginia Brilliant and Michelle Holcomb-Hoyos and Richard Trutanic.

Please click here to see pictures of the dinner at Bice Palm Beach

 

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Money Matters – Regardless of Age, Palm Beach Day Academy Graduates Lead Youth Program

Fritz Van der Grift, Victoria Ricker, and Robert Riva - of The Ricker Group at Morgan Stanley

Fritz Van der Grift, Victoria Ricker, and Robert Riva of The Ricker Group at Morgan Stanley

Even if your child does not aspire to become a Financial Advisor at one of the top firms in the world, it is safe to say that money matters regardless of where life takes you and it is never too early to learn how to use it wisely. Two Palm Beach Day Academy graduates and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors, Fritz Van der Grift and Robert Riva recognized the need for a youth finance curriculum while looking back at their institutional education. More importantly, they realized the importance of ‘socially conscience’ investing.

“I think we can all agree that the primary reason people invest is to generate returns on their investment. In following that line of reasoning, those returns provide us and our loved ones with a better quality of life. As far as I’m concerned, the next logical question, why stop there?” Riva challenged.

The after-school program, Money Matters, meets every Monday at Palm Beach Day Academy from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.. Students learn basics associated with personal budgeting, cash flow analysis, interest rates, and astute financial decision making.

“While I am truly grateful for the education at Palm Beach Day, Deerfield, and Palm Beach Atlantic, I really never learned the basics of money management,” shared Van der Grift. He went on to add, “If we believe it’s important to be good stewards of our finances, we should also be socially aware of how those finances are impacting the world around us.”

Current Palm Beach Day Academy parents who enrolled their children include Marzia Precoda and Donna Lloyd George. Both feel it is important to expose their children to the basics of finances.

“My children’s well-rounded education is a priority for me. Languages, travel and exposure are important, but knowing how to plan for the future is fundamental,” says Precoda.

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Read more about the program in the Palm Beach Daily News

For information on enrolling in the class, contact Fritz Van der Grift or Robert Riva at 561-650-7500.