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Tobi's Fund for Warner Elementary

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Hi! My name is Tobi Fitzgerald and I am a special education teacher at Warner Elementary School. The school I teach at is located in Wilmington, DE and it is one of a few priority schools in the state. The students that we service are typically from low income families and we have an 82% poverty rate at our school. 

This school year has been absolutely amazing. Many people would think that our students have behavioral problems and yes, some of them do. However, the staff at Warner is focused. Together, we have decreased school suspensions and referrals. Our goal is to keep our students in the classroom and handle behavioral challenges as they arise (in the classroom). The more educational time we can provide, the better off the students and the community will be. 

I am currently a member of the school Climate Committee. Within this committee we review behaviors across the school and focus on ways to keep the students out of trouble. We are a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) school. One of the ways we encourage positive behaviors for students is by providing them with a schoolwide incentive program. The students are able to individually earn Thunderbird Tickets for being caught being great. They can also earn Warner Wings when an entire classroom is displaying awesome behaviors. The students can use their Thunderbird Tickets to purchase different PBS trips, dress down days, movie and popcorn events, purchasing items at the school store, etc.

These different events cost a lot of money for the school and its employees. Many employees spend their own money to purchase incentives for students. I have been an educator for over six years and trust me, this is true. The funds that we receive for programs at school do not pay for student incentives. 

I plan on using any funds received to pay for school incentives for the students. These kids really are amazing and I am blessed to be a part of their lives. It is my goal to raise 3000.00 so that I can donate all of it to the school Climate Committee. I want to be able to purchase items for the students that will continue to keep them focused on making positive choices each day. 

This will mean so much to me, but imagine this: A child has been so focused on making positive choices and saved all of his Thunderbird Tickets so that he could buy a big ticket item at the school store. Only the item he chooses to buy is not for him. It is Christmas time and he wants to get his mom a really nice gift. He purchases a 20.00 gift card to give to his mom on Christmas day. 

These are things that we take for granted each day. However, for a Warner Elementary School student, seeing his mom's face light up on Christmas morning would make a world of difference. 

Please think about donating. Every little bit will help!  Thank you and God bless!


Tobi Mullon Fitzgerald
Newark, DE

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