Barbara Mobley likes that Warwick Education Foundation (WEF) brings our community together.
“The Foundation is about people,” explains Mobley, “Employees, parents, grandparents, alumni, friends, teachers, students, and everyone who gives their time, energy, and funds to empower young people with education and make our community stronger.”
In her 4 years with the WEF, Mobley has seen elementary students care for trout in the classroom, play the ukulele, and learn how to tell stories from an expert storyteller. She has watched middle schoolers meet Holocaust survivors and experience live Shakespearean performances. She has been amazed by high school students programming robots and using state of the art broadcasting equipment.
“Students and their teachers are genuinely excited about programs like these,” says Mobley, “and it’s especially inspiring to know they are made possible by a community that cares.”
Mobley loves to see and hear how WEF programs impact students. One of her favorite stories came from Mrs. Reeny Morell, a teacher at John R. Bonfield Elementary School, who spoke of young student learning to read using an iPad provided by the WEF (over 240 have been provided to date). When asked how he felt about it, he replied, “I’m a genius!”
To Mobley, that says it all. “How wonderful it would be for every child from kindergarten to twelfth grade to feel like a genius – to have greater self confidence, skills, and opportunity as a result of WEF-funded programs. That’s exciting, enriching, and a worthwhile investment!”
In 2015, WEF will achieve the $1 million dollar mark in contributions to education, a tremendous community milestone Mobley celebrates and sees as a launch point for a multitude of possibilities.
“One never knows what will spark a child’s interest in learning or where that learning could take a child in the future,” says Mobley. She invites volunteers and contributors who believe in our children’s and community’s future and are willing to step forward to join the WEF efforts to contact her at info@WarwickEF.org.
Barbara Mobley has served as Executive Director of the Warwick Education Foundation since 2011. She and her husband, Ken, and have been married for 26 years and have two children – Kate, Warwick class of 2014, and Will, a sophomore at Warwick High School. She enjoys fitness, travel, cooking, camping, hiking, and the great outdoors (an interest kindled by a winter outdoor experience at her own high school many years ago).