Guest Reader Program

The Guest Reader program is for students in kindergarten through grade 5. Every year, from January through late  May, business leaders, city officials and local citizens spend 20 to 30 minutes per week in an elementary school classroom reading aloud to the children. The program is intended to expose students to the pleasures of reading and to present a positive reading role model. Reading to children brings enjoyment to both the readers and the students, and reinforces the idea that reading is fun for everyone.

Signup for our Guest Reader Program!

We are currently looking for volunteers from businesses and the local community to be a part of the highly successful Guest Reader Program. The program will again be for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 and will run from January 10, 2022 until May 20, 2022 (excluding any school holidays or vacation weeks).

We are looking for adults who are willing and able to spend 20 to 30 minutes, once a week, in either an in-person or a virtual classroom setting, reading to the students.  This year we are offering both options because of the uncertainties of the Covid situation and the comfort level of both our readers and our school administration.  (The virtual program is one in which you interact with the students via Google Meet, Zoom, or a similar program that you and your teacher agree upon.)

To participate, please download and complete either the Reader Request or Teacher Request form below and email it by November 1, 2021.

Guest Reader Dates:

January 10, 2022 – May 20, 2022


Deadline to Apply:

November 1st, 2021

How to Apply:

For Readers: If you would like to signup as a guest reader, please download and complete the ‘Reader Request Form’ below. Email completed application to Natalie Maga at

For Teachers: If you are interested in having your classroom participate in the Guest Reader Program, please download and complete the ‘Teacher Request Form’ below. Email completed application to Marjorie Macarelli at

Reinforcing the Benefits of Reading

While most people would agree that reading aloud to children is a good idea, new studies are showing just how beneficial reading aloud can be for toddlers and preschoolers. An article in the New York Times outlined two pediatric studies about the significant interactions that occur when children listen to books read aloud. Of course, this is something that the Peabody Education Foundation’s Guest Readers suspected all along!

The first study, published in the journal Pediatrics, monitored brain activity in 3- to 5-year-old children as they listened to stories, and found a positive correlation between higher reading exposure and greater activation of brain areas associated with mental imagery, language processing, and narrative comprehension. The children hearing the stories were imagining them in their minds, a skill that can then help those children develop into better readers.

The second study, published in the journal Psychological Science, found that the language content of age-appropriate picture books contained more unique word types than the language used by parents talking to their children. This means that the more often children read to, the more likely they will hear a wider range of vocabulary words than those children who are not being read to. These studies show that reading to children plays an important role in developing brain activity and helping children become better readers.

Peabody Education Foundation

The Peabody Education Foundation provides unique programs and advanced technology to thousands of students and teachers who might otherwise not enjoy such experiences due to budget constraints.

P.O. Box 233
Peabody, MA 01960