Wellington fundraiser assists hearing-impaired student

12 years ago

By Karen Donato
Special to the Pioneer Times

    Four-year old Jordan Fitzpatrick, a pre-school student at Wellington Elementary School in Monticello was born with some hearing loss. Since he was 14 months old he has worn a hearing aid. After starting school this year it was discovered that he had gone from moderate to complete unilateral hearing loss in his left ear and was in need of an FM transmitter. This device, which cost $2,000 helps enhance the voice of the speaker who is wearing a microphone synchronized to the transmitter. Through a variety of programs sponsored by the state for children’s disabilities, a device was provided to use at school, but he also needed an additional device to use in other settings.
    The Wellington School staff along with friends and relatives of Jordan’s parents, Tonya and Jerrid, donated a variety of items to raffle. The response was overwhelming with ticket sales and donations exceeding $4,000. The additional money raised has been deposited in an account to provide other technical items to accommodate his disability in the future.
Photo by Karen Donato
fs-Winner2-dc-pt-13NO PEEKING — Pre-k student Jordan Fitzpatrick drew the winning tickets at a school assembly with his principal, Cindy Peterson.

    Susan McMann, Jordan’s pre-kindergarten teacher, along with other teachers have noticed that he is more engaged during class and other activities since obtaining the transmitter.
    “Jordan is experiencing a whole new environment of sound,” said McMann. “I think that as he becomes more comfortable with this he will begin to volunteer more in our classroom discussions.”
    The winning tickets were drawn by Jordan at a special school assembly. The grand-prize winner of a basket filled with games, gift certificates and other items was Mark Bossie. Other winners were Susan Sewell, Ryan Wright and Bobbi Grant, pizzas from Dow’s Market; Scott McKissick, a value pizza card from Pizza Hut; and Shelly Merritt, a gift certificate for house cleaning by Melody Michaud.
    Jordan and his parents are very appreciative of everyone who either supported the project monetarily or by donating items. This has truly made a difference in a young child’s life both in school and outside of the educational setting.