Delmar Middle: 5th Grade SNACK FUND

$2,070 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 48 months
My name is Vicki Di Vittorio and I am fifth grade Special Education teacher at Delmar Middle School in Delmar, DE.  (Please bear with the explanation below and read to the end!)

      Delmar is  "The Little Town Too Big For One State".  Delmar's 962 residents live in a unique community that calls two states, Delaware and Maryland, home. (the district has over 1,300 students, some of whom live in Delmar, MD but attend school in Delmar, DE).

         Our school district is unique in that it consists of only one building; comprised  of a Middle and a Senior High School: there is no elementary school on the Delaware side (K-4 students attend Delmar Elementary School in Delmar, MD).  The middle school and high school students and faculty share not only a gym, a cafeteria, all specials teachers (art, music, gym, foreign language, computer) but also all district offices and  support staff.

       Our middle school  houses four grades (5-8), our High School houses  four as well (9-12).  There is no doubt that eight grades of students sharing facilities creates a scheduling conundrum.   It also necessitates the need for eight seperate lunches (due to overcrowding concerns).  As you can imagine, it is not an easy task for a district to get in eight, half hour lunches within a 7 hour school day.

     This time constraint necessitates that FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS  eat LUNCH at 9:50 AM this coming school year (2015-2016).  YES, you read that correctly: our fifth grade students will be eating LUNCH at 9:50 AM.  This past school year, the fifth graders ate lunch at 10:00, but ate a seperate breakfast from the rest of the school at 7:50,  and then were provided a District funded SNACK  at 1:05 each day (the school day ends at 2:56 each day).

     The district funding used to provide every fifth grade  student (160)  with a daily snack is not available for this coming school year!   This creates an entire other situation for the incoming class of fifth graders (aside from being fifth graders (9-12 year olds) in a Middle School environment). HUNGER!
  
      There is no doubt that eating LUNCH at 9:50 makes for a long day for the youngest group of students in the district (they will not eat a seperate breakfast this coming school year either).  There is a lot of research to support that "Inadequate nutrition is linked to delayed brain development and an impaired ability to learn. In addition, hunger and lack of nutrition result in reduced academic achievement; test scores are lower, and absenteeism is higher. and there are more grade repeats( http://www.thefoodeffect.org/all-about-hunger/).

        Students can not learn if they are hungry! Eating LUNCH at 9:50 in the morning and then going the remaining 5+ hours  of the school day with out a snack to hold them over will definitely impact their learning, behavior, attitude and (dare I say it??) state test scores! (The District has provided snack to the students for two consecutive years for this reason)
    
    THE KIDS NEED A SNACK  TO GET THEM THROUGH!  AND THE FIFTH GRADE TEAM OF TEACHERS NEED YOUR HELP TO GET IT TO THEM! 

     Your donation will help a child to remain focused throughout the day; helping them to remain focused, giving them the ability to continue to learn and grow during a very crucial fifth grade school year.

     We are hopeful that through the generosity of the community (both friends and strangers) that we will reach our $4000 goal and be in a position to provide snacks to each fifth grader, every day throughout the  2015-2016 school year.
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$2,070 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 48 months
Created July 1, 2015
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BS
$30
bryan sopourn
45 months ago
RC
$100
Randall Creasy
45 months ago
$20
Vicki McGinnis
45 months ago

This is just one of the things that make you a great teacher and a wonderful influence for both of my kids

LA
$20
Lynn Adkins
46 months ago
BF
$25
Barbara Furry
46 months ago
RF
$50
Robert Furry
46 months ago
MW
$25
Margie Wilson
46 months ago
MC
$50
Melsons Mustangs 4H Club
46 months ago
$50
Anonymous
47 months ago
DB
$20
Donna Bartrug
47 months ago

As always, you are amazing, Vicki D- always looking out for, and advocating, for your students. It is such a privilege to work with you. Will look into possible donations from vendors for you!

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