Best Bet

Our Signature Program

Best Bet is the signature program of the PEF. Each year it provides grants to teachers at all grade levels for programs and materials that are outside of the traditional school budget. During the 2013- 2014 school year, the Peabody Education Foundation awarded 48 projects totaling more than $30,000 as part of its annual Best Bet grant program in support of teacher-initiated projects.

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 Grants

MICCA Concert Festival

Girl Power

Peabody Essex Museum: American/Salem Collections

New England Aquarium Field Trip

Study Buddies – Fairy Tale Friends

Think Social with Social Thinking and Brain Gym

Fine & Gross Motor Materials

Macaroni Soup! Active Music for Kids

Higgins Helping Hawks Student Mentoring Program

No Bullying: Stand Up, Step In

Transitional Partners Program

Wiggles and Giggles

Social Thinking

Higgins Library Expands Hour of Code Activities with Sphero Spark Robots

Headsprout

Yoko Kawashima Watkins Presentation

Music for the Mind

Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip

Sound Waves by Discovery Museum’s Traveling Field Trips

Downloadable Collection Kick-Off

Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats

Forces in Motion

Drama Festival 2017 Artist-in-Residence

Tide Pool Alive

Lunar Exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum

Paul Revere Midnight Ride

Welch School Birthday Books

2nd and 3rd Grade Milestones Program

Choices for the Choices Program

Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats

LEGO Engineering Concepts

TenMarks

Wolf Hollow

Theaterworks USA Field Trip: Miss Nelson is Missing

Hands-On Math Centers

Uprising on King Street: Boston Massacre

Animal Adventures

Tide Pool Alive

Book Clubs

Let’s Get Moving Numbers Kit

Engineering and Erosion

A Guided Discovery of Electromagnetism

2015 Awarded Best Bet Grants

Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip

Peabody Essex Museum – American/Salem Collections

Unifix Color Coded Sentence Building Kit

Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats

Life at Sea: A Voyage in Song

Nye, oh Nye! That’s some super science

Fractions for 3rd Graders

Tide Pool Alive

Chris Brown Presents: Click, Clack, Moo

Accelerated Reader

Higgins Helping Hawks Student Mentoring Program

Equestrian Connection

Expanding Expression Tool, 2nd Edition (EET)

The Diary of Anne Frank

5th Annual Higgins Spelling Bee and Online Visual Thesaurus Dictionary

Informational Text Research Using Newsela

Touch-Typing Awards

Bamidele Dancers and Drummers

A Guided Discovery of Electromagnetism

Techsploration

Windows on Wildlife

Sensory Diet Materials

Creating a Kinesthetic Classroom

Math Masters

DIG-IT High Touch High Tech

Dig into Dinosaurs

Jeff Danger, Science Ranger’s Physical Science Show

Tidepool Adaptions

Motion Force and Work

Grade 1 Take Home Book Package

High Touch High Tech

2014 Awarded Best Bet Grants

Wonderful World of Raptors

Peabody Essex Museum American/Salem Collections

Social Thinking Curriculum

Class Set of Hands-On Equations for Teacher and Thirty Students

Forensic Science Studies

Creature Features

Read About Math Learning Centers – Complete Set

Hands-On Science

Nudging the Imagination

Windows on Wildlife: Adaptions Program

Fraction Problem Solving

Tide Pool Alive!

Fit Girls

Science from Scientist’s Science Theater

Accelerated Reader

Seussical, Theatreworks USA

Kestrel Educational Adventures

4th Annual Higgins Spelling Bee & Online Visual Thesaurus Dictionary

Award-winning children’s author James M Deem Visits with the Panthers

Higgins Helping Hawks Student-to-Student Mentoring

REACH Program Painting Class

MathsAmazing

Meeting with History – Yoko Kawashima Watkins

The Poetry Company

Higgins Student IT Help Desk

News-2-You (online subscription)

Phonological Awareness Chipper Chat

Curious Creatures Kid Zoo

Electromagnetism

Discovery Museum

Life Cycle of a Raptor

Brazilian Dance & Drum with Gregory Coles

Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip

Special Effects Makeup Hands On Class

Social Studies 4th Grade Curriculum

Social Studies – Travels Across America’s Past

Brain Pop Jr.

Literature Based Learning Centers

Sensory Diet Materials

Literacy Alive! Celebrating Reading with Robert Rivest

Join In – Multi-Cultural Folktales and Legends

Seeds and Plants

Animal Adaptions

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Tour

Life in the 17th Century and At Home in Salem 1785-1820

Tidepools Alive

Mad Science: An “Edutaining” Performance

ThinkTank: Numbersense & Problem Solving

Visit from author Maryann Cocca-Leffler

The Birthday Book Program

While dropping off donated backpacks at the Welch School, we saw first hand how our Best Bet program benefits our schools. One of the awarded Best Bet programs last year was ‘The Birthday Books Program’. Kara Migliozzi and Jill Holden suggested the idea that on a child’s birthday, they could pick out their own book from the case and keep it forever.

“So many of the children at our school come from homes where books are not readily available…The goal of the Birthday Books Program is to help the children and families see books as valuable treasures, treats that can be enjoyed as presents and shared with the entire family. The Birthday Book Program hopes to foster a love of reading and books, promote family time together and help families to realize the importance of having books in the home to read again and again.”

Thank you to both Kara and Jill for making this idea come to life!

“I just wanted to once again thank you for everything related to the Best Bet Grant. The students had a great time building and racing (when the sun cooperated) their solar cars!”
Danielle McLaughlin Higgins Middle school

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.