Foundation Seeks To Prevent Causes of Bullying, Suicide

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Six local young professionals have joined together to create the Joseph Patrick Fabber Memorial Foundation in an effort to raise awareness and prevention of suicide, bullying and the importance of making healthy life choices. After his brother fell victim to suicide, Michael Fabber decided that his brother’s legacy would be decided by the education Michael could bring to others dealing with similar circumstances. By promoting confidence in children at all stages of life, the Joseph Patrick Fabber Memorial Foundation (JPFMF) commits to encouraging healthy life choices and decreases the chances of involvement in bullying and drug and alcohol abuse.

Friends Michael Fabber, Alex McClure, Jeff Peet, Allison Peet, Morgan Whalen and Chelsea Carlisle have began JPFMF to teach kids about self-worth, choices and tolerance in their everyday lives. The teams believes that these three positive actions can shape a child’s life from a very early stage and create a foundation of positive experiences from where kids can draw from.

“Currently the organization is focusing on younger children and preparing them for the future but we would like to become more than just a prep program,” commented Michael Fabber, Executive Director of JPFMF. “We will focus on kicking bullying out of the classroom at the elementary and middle school levels and want to host JPFMF presentations in high schools, colleges and businesses in the region.”

Acknowledging that the problems that foster bullying and suicide start at an early age in childhood development, JPFMF is promoting Reading Enthusiasm in PreSchool to engage children in learning before they reach school. The program, which is guided by teachers and parents, builds confidence through teaching children letters, numbers and color recognition. In addition to building confidence it creates a framework of parental involvement, preparing both child and parent for the years ahead.

“As an elementary school teacher, reaching out to others is a priority of mine,” commented Allison Peet, Education Program Director for JPFMF. “[This program] allows me to reach out further than my own classroom.  It provides me the opportunity to touch the lives of others, while supplying them with the tools necessary to build a solid foundation for their education.”

Concentrating on the three positive actions of self-worth, choices and tolerance JPFMF looks to help build a new generation of students that are confident in their own ability to succeed. To help further develop the foundation, JPFMF will be hosting their First Annual Golf Classic on Monday, October 22 at The Rookery South in Milton, Delaware. Teams and individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring the event can sign up by contacting the Director of Fundraising and Events, Morgan Whalen at Morgan@jpfmf.org. For more information on the Joseph Patrick Fabber Memorial Foundation and how to get involved visit www.jpfmf.com.