This year, the Peabody Education Foundation received 53 Best Bet grant applications totaling over $40,000. The PEF will fund 42 of those applications in the 2016-2017 school year for a total of $30,408 in grants.

2016 Awarded Best Bet Programs

Brown School

  • Peabody Essex Museum: American/Salem Collections
  • Social Thinking
  • Music for the Mind
  • 2nd and 3rd Grade Milestones Program
  • Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats
  • LEGO Engineering Concepts
  • TenMarks

South School

  • Fine & Gross Motor Materials
  • Girl Power (with Burke School)


  • MICCA Concert Festival
  • Transitional Partners Program
  • Downloadable Collection Kick-Off
  • Drama Festival 2017 Artist-in-Residence
  • Book Clubs

Carroll School

  • New England Aquarium Field Trip
  • Headsprout
  • Tide Pool Alive
  • Theaterworks USA Field Trip: Miss Nelson is Missing

Welch School

  • Study Buddies – Fairy Tale Friends
  • Forces in Motion
  • Lunar Exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum
  • Paul Revere Midnight Ride
  • Welch School Birthday Books
  • Wolf Hollow
  • Animal Adventures
  • Tide Pool Alive
  • Engineering and Erosion

West School

  • Macaroni Soup! Active Music for Kids
  • No Bullying: Stand Up, Step In
  • Choices for the Choices Program

McCarthy School

  • Wiggles and Giggles
  • Sound Waves by Discovery Museum’s Traveling Field Trips
  • Uprising on King Street/Boston Massacre
  • Let’s Get Moving Numbers Kit
  • A Guided Discovery of Electromagnetism

Higgins Middle School

  • Think Social with Social Thinking and Brain Gym
  • Higgins Helping Hawks Student Mentoring Program
  • Higgins Library Expands Hour of Code Activities with Sphero Spark Robots
  • Yoko Kawashima Watkins Presentation

Center School

  • Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats
  • Hands-On Math Centers

District-Wide (Grade 5)

Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip