September 4, 2012 by KJG
The Peabody Education Foundation will once again offer Best Bet grants to fund materials and programs in Peabody’s schools. Applications for the 2012-2013 school year are available on the Best Bet page. Applications must be completed and returned to the Best Bet Committee at PO Box 233, Peabody, MA 01960 by November 2, 2012. Teachers from all grades are encouraged to apply.
Last year, the PEF awarded 47 grants totaling over $24,500. Some of the grants funded included field trips to places such as the Lowell National Historical Park and the Museum of Fine Arts, presentations such as Indonesian Gamelan and Puppet Theater and Holocaust Legacy Partners, and materials such as a School-to-Home lending library. The Best Bet Committee also presented the Peter A. Torigian Best Bet Award to Kate Dollin of the Higgins Middle School for her grant “6th Grade ELA Literature Circles.” A full list of the grants awarded in 2011-2012 can be found on the Best Bet page as well.
The Best Bet Committee looks forward to reviewing this year’s grant applications!
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November 30, 2011 by KJG
The Peabody Education Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of Best Bet Awards for 2011-2012. The Best Bet Committee received 89 applications totaling nearly $67,000 in requested funding; upon reviewing the grants, the Committee was ultimately able to award 47 grants for a total of $24,593. Each of the city’s ten public schools received grant money, and the proposed programs will impact students from grades K-12.
Some of Peabody’s students will be traveling to new and exciting places thanks to Best Bet funding: approved grants included trips to the Peabody Essex Museum, the Lowell National Historical Park, the Museum of Science Planetarium, the Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Arts of the Americas Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts. Other students will experience in-school presentations such as Holocaust Legacy Partners, author Yoko Kawashima Watkins, and Indonesian Gamelan & Puppet Theater. Best Bet grants will also provide learning materials that will complement the existing resources in Peabody’s classrooms, including News-2-You weekly news publications, Kids Discover Magazines, and Literature Circles. The diversity and originality of this year’s Best Bet applications made it very difficult for the Committee to decide which programs to fund, but it’s clear that each of the programs chosen will have a positive impact on students.
Teachers have been notified of their grants, with programs anticipated to start as early as December and continue through the remainder of the school year. The winner of the Peter A. Torigian Best Bet Award, given to the most innovative program each year, will be announced in May 2012. For a complete list of funded 2011-2012 Best Bet programs, please click here. Congratulations to all the teachers who received a Best Bet grant!
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