2022-2023 Year in Review

Peabody Education Foundation

 It’s been an exciting and busy year for the Peabody Education Foundation! Check out the programs and events that we’ve brought to our Peabody Public Schools throughout 2022-2023. Special thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors who helped make these programs a reality!

George Peabody Legacy Awards

We held our annual George Peabody Legacy Awards this Fall at the Higgins Middle School. The George Peabody Legacy Award is presented by the Peabody Education Foundation to recognize and honor the educators and philanthropists from within the community who work to provide a lifetime of contributions to our educational system. It is an honor to recognize educators who have gone above and beyond to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students.

In the classroom they are both learners and facilitators of learning. They attend to the social and emotional needs of their students, making a lasting and positive impact by providing a progressive learning atmosphere meeting the needs of every individual child.

This year’s recipients were:

Eric M. Buckley

Ellen O. Burke

Michalene E. Hague

Judith M. McVann

Mark “Metro” Metropolis

Linda S. Robbins

Would You Like to Nominate a Fellow Educator Who Has Gone Above & Beyond? 

Do you know an educator who has had a lasting impact on education, effects change for the good of the people over a significant period of time, is an active member in the Peabody Community, is a tireless advocate for the betterment of Peabody students, and lives or works in Peabody?

To nominate a worthy candidate for our 2023 GPLA Awards, please visit our Legacy Awards webpage below and tell us all about them! 

Guest Reader Program

The 2023 Guest Reader Program concluded at the end of May, and it was a very successful year. We had 38 volunteer readers in 42 different classrooms!! 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. 

Special thanks to all of the readers, teachers and students who participated! Our readers had a great time, the teachers appreciated the opportunity for someone to come read to their class, and the students were great listeners! 

PEF Grants Program

Almost $50,000 in grants were awarded to teachers/principals throughout the Peabody School System this year! Teachers can be on the lookout for the 2023-2024 application which will appear on our website on August 1! The PEF is always looking for new and creative programs!

Check out the programs that we funded this year!

  • STEAM Night / Burke School – A portable hands-on Steam Museum comes to the school.
  • Classroom Magazines / Center School & Higgins – Jr. Scholastic and New York Times Upfront subscriptions for 8th Graders.
  • Let’s Find Out / Welch School – Scholastic Classroom magazines for kindergartners.
  • Young Audiences Arts for Learning / Peabody Learning Academy – Performing and visual arts programs.
  • Partnering with the Peabody Police / District-wide: 2nd & 3rd Grades – Peabody Police officers reading specific books to 2nd and 3rd graders across the district.
  • Sensory Walls / Brown School – A space on a school wall that provides touch sensory input to children’s fingers and hands,
    allowing children to explore their senses.
  • Welch School Chess Club – Developing learning and chess skills for students.
  • Mindfulness in the Classrooms / Welch School – A visit and books from Dr. Christopher Willard who spoke to and read to the
    students/teachers about how “Breathing makes it better.”
  • Legacy Pins & Tiles / PVMHS – An interactive ceramic mural about connections through identity.
  • Exploring Literature / Center School – Scholastic Storybook Magazines exposing grades 3-5 students to a variety of genres in literature.
  • Field Trips / PVMHS, Welch, Higgins, & South School – “A Christmas Carol,” “House of Seven Gables,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “Maple Sugaring,” “Curious George Musical,” “Museum of Science,” “Paul Revere House”
  • Classroom Calm Spots / Welch School – Social/emotional support materials for classrooms.
  • Spectrum Yoga / Higgins & PVMHS – Yoga program designed for special needs students.
  • The Observer / PVMHS – Printing costs for the High School literary magazine.
  • First Families of Plimoth Colony / Brown School – A live performance of a resident of 1627 Plimoth Colony brought to 3rd grade students.
  • Paper Pulp Painting / PVMHSA paper making project.
  • Integrating the Integument / PVMHS – Program brings science to cosmetology students.
  • Learning with Brainpop / McCarthy School – Children’s educational website.
  • Bringing Social Studies to the 4th Graders / McCarthy School – Atlases for 4th Graders.
  • STEM Vehicle Building Kits / Higgins – Kits for 7th Graders learning about energy, electricity and magnetism.
  • STAR Positive Praise Materials / Center School – Materials to educate students on critical social-emotional topics.
  • Constructing 3DP’s for rapid-prototyping / PVMHS – Materials to construct functional 3D printers for Junior Electronic Engineering Students.
  • Ecosystem Health / Higgins – Materials for hands-on experience collecting and analyzing wetland ecosystem health data.
  • Everyday Speech / Center School – Curriculum to cover students’ social-emotional learning and social communication needs.
  • Cultivating Curls / PVMHS – Purchase mannequins for cosmetology students.
  • Food Truck and Clay Food Design Project / Center School – Materials to design 3D food trucks, menus and food to assist students with innovation and problem solving.
  • Making Chemistry Visual / PVMHS – Online platform designed to engage students with interactive videos.
  • Tyto Online / Higgins – Online platform providing video for students to explore science phenomena and solve problems.
  • PVMHS Model United Nations – Registration fees for Model UN Program.
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging / PLA and PREP – Books exploring tribal societies.
  • Printing Support in the Preschool Classroom / McCarthy School – Materials assisting preschool students how to print.
  • Introduction to Robotics Engineering / PVMHS – Materials for constructing, troubleshooting and operating functional robots for engineering students.
  • Creating Calm in the Classroom and Beyond / Higgins – Tools to help students focus on academics and overcome anxiety.

Mental Wellness Initiative

It’s been a busy year for the Mental Wellness Initiative! Check out the programs and events we’ve brought to our Peabody Public Schools to help with their mental health!

TIGER Performances – Peabody Elementary Schools

In February and March, the PEF sponsored TIGER performances at all eight elementary schools for a total of 12 shows! TIGER is a professional theater company out of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, designed to help children, schools, parents, and communities deal positively and proactively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today.

“Think Spaces” – Peabody Elementary Schools

“Think Spaces”, small areas in each classroom where students will be able to calm down, think, and reflect when they are anxious or emotional, are now located in all elementary schools. The spaces help address the social-emotional needs of students and are increasingly used across the Commonwealth. The areas are equipped with comfortable furniture, emotions posters, strategy ideas, and fidget tools. The initiative to add “Think Spaces” to each classroom came about as School Adjustment Counselors collaborated and looked across the district to find common needs across schools. Counselors identified that students needed a space to regroup their thoughts and feelings before returning to schoolwork. Adding a “Think Space” to every classroom will make accessing such spaces more convenient and less stigmatizing for children. 

Special thanks to the JB Thomas–Lahey Foundation for funding this program in its entirety!  And special thanks to WBZ TV/Radio for coming to the Burke School to take pictures 

Dr. Adolph Brown speaks to PVMHS students!

On February 3, 2023, the PEF and the Peabody School Department were pleased to bring Dr. Adolph Brown to PVMHS to speak to all High School students. An award-winning author, highly sought- after corporate thought leader, television personality and distinguished master teacher, Dr. Brown’s unconventional approach has been enormously empowering, and it transcends differences of every kind – political, philosophical, religious, socio-economic, generational, gender, lifestyle, etc. Dr. Brown is admired around the world for his simple, yet powerful, universal, timeless teachings.

Core Trainings – Higgins Middle School

At the beginning of May, all 7th graders from the Higgins Middle School participated in a training facilitated by Core Trainings. The programs are designed to enhance one’s relationship with others, one’s leadership potential, increase self-worth, become socially aware of one’s actions, communication, and build intellectually stronger teams through a value-based focus. They reinforce a growth mindset to support becoming behaviorally intelligent and to empower a mindset to practice effective relationships and leadership. 

The customized workshops were interactive and focused on: social and emotional intelligence and how it affects relationships; how to be an effective classmate that understands meaningful relationships with peers, classmates, teammates, staff and community; being mindful of what empathy is and adapting to the needs of others; and becoming socially aware of the value of others and how to really appreciate ALL people. 

Ice Cream Social – Teachers & Staff

On March 17, at the conclusion of Professional Development Day, the PEF hosted an ice cream social at the Higgins Middle School and PVMHS as a thank you to Peabody teachers and staff for all of the work they do throughout the year for our students! Special thanks to Treadwell’s Ice Cream for donating the ice cream and to all of our PEF volunteers!

Career Day

On April 13th, the Peabody Education Foundation hosted Career Day at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. More than 50 local businesses set up exhibit booths, allowing students to get informational materials and ask questions about possible future vocations. Hundreds of high school students were allowed to explore the various trades and career paths represented in our community and were able to interact with representatives of those occupations throughout the morning.

Career Day helps create ties between the student body and the business community. Special thanks to the businesses who participated, our PEF volunteers, and the Peabody School Department!

Thank you to all the businesses who participated!

  • AAA Northeast
  • Bay State Financial
  • Beverley Griffin Dunne, Attorney at Law
  • BMC Engineering
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Chelsea Jewish Lifecare
  • Citizens Inn
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Department
  • Evolv Technology
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Gloucester Biotechnology Academy
  • GraVoc
  • Healthy Peabody Collaborative
  • High Sierra Pools, Inc.
  • In the Game
  • Lahey Medical Center
  • Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
  • MassDOT Highway Division
  • MassHire North Shore Youth Career Center
  • North Shore Bank
  • Northeast Arc
  • Northshore Mall
  • Office of Senator Joan B. Lovely
  • Office of Representative Thomas Walsh
  • Passos Avante Preschool
  • Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Peabody District Court Probation Department
  • Peabody City Hall
  • Peabody Fire Department
  • Peabody Institute Library
  • Peabody Police Department
  • Peabody TV
  • Pearle Vision
  • Peabody Municipal Light Plant
  • PVMHS Cosmetology Department
  • PVMHS Culinary Arts Department
  • Salem Five Bank
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Velocity R Aviation
  • Wachusett Animal Hospital and Pet Retreat
  • Weston & Sampson
  • YMCA of Metro North

Run for the Roses

“Run for the Roses”, a PEF fundraising event, was recently held at the Black Box Theater in downtown Peabody. Guests enjoyed Peabody’s “Kentucky Derby”, an event of southern charm and horse racing excitement. The evening included fashion, music, horse racing, games and prizes, along with “Kentucky Derby” themed food and signature cocktails. Special thanks to our event sponsors, including Community Credit Union, GraVoc, Holden Filling Station, JB Thomas-Lahey Foundation, JJR Enterprise, Lyon-Waugh Auto Group, Laura Meisenhelter, North Shore Bank, Pavlo Orthodontics, and Peabody Rotary! All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Peabody Education Foundation’s programs.

Special thanks to our major sponsors!

Have a great summer and we will see you in the Fall! 

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