Wake Forest Elementary community comes together to help teacher, son.
By David Leone
As Sondra Triblehorn tells it: “The thieves broke down the front door — frame and all — and got away with several thousands of dollars worth of electronics, laptop, iPad, iPod, gaming system, games, movies, jewelry and even took their food. They packed up the haul in one of the victim’s suitcases and rolled the goods away in broad daylight.”
Triblehorn, PTA president at Wake Forest Elementary where Schneider is a special needs teacher, can’t catch the bad guys. But she’s found another way to spring into action to help.
She created a crowdfunding website at gofundme.com, soliciting donations to help Schneider replace some of the more valuable items stolen. The goal is to raise $2,000.
The response was immediate.
Wake Forest Elementary teachers and staff chipped in $350. The Moore family put in $100. Another $100 came in anonymously and about a dozen others have contributed smaller amounts, to raise $870 so far.
Triblehorn’s own daughter Lexie, donated $50, stating, “This money will definitely be more useful for you both than for me! This is all of my birthday money I received this year and I thought this would be a great present for you guys!”
Wake Forest police are investigating the break-in, but the majority of burglaries go unsolved. Even when a suspect is found, the chance of recovering all of the stolen items is low.
In a personal message, Triblehorn notes that Schneider’s son is a second-grader at Wake Forest Elementary and that his mom volunteers with the school’s Walking Club and PTA, as well as with the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club.
“Please help this family replace items that were stolen, especially her son’s beloved games, movies and iPod,” writes Triblehorn. “Ms. Schneider’s personal computer was used to help her with schoolwork to complete her master’s degree studies.
They are also looking to relocate to a safer residence in the immediate future.”
To contribute, see gofundme.com/Help-Ms-Schneider