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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, positive impact by providing a progressive learning atmosphere meeting the needs of every, individual child.
2020 George Peabody Legacy Award
In these days of global pandemic, the traditional ways of educating students have been severely disrupted. Teachers are rising to the challenge by providing an education that goes beyond just academics. Former Superintendent – Cara Murtagh would have been at the forefront of this challenge. She was a leader, a vibrant personality, and dearly loved her students. Cara’s work ethic was unexcelled, and she lived the goal of “Every Student, Every Day”! Cara loved being Superintendent because she could make a difference in the lives of so many. While Cara’s untimely passing took her away from us too soon, her dedication and commitment to education will remain with us forever.
Based on her lifetime of achievement and commitment to many generations of students in Peabody, the Peabody Education Foundation is delighted to announce Cara E. Murtagh as the single recipient of this year’s George Peabody Legacy Award.
On Sunday, November 29th we presented Cara’s George Peabody Legacy Award posthumously to Cara’s mother, Carol Murtagh at the J. Henry Higgins Middle School. We streamed the event live through Peabody TV, check it out below!
About George Peabody
George Peabody was a successful, self-educated entrepreneur who became the world’s ﬁrst international philanthropist. He provided benefactions in his own lifetime of which many continue more than 150 years later to beneﬁt people in both the United States and England. George Peabody also supported universal education, establishing libraries and lyceums for the education of all – men, women and adults. He aided the poor by endowing low income housing in London and promoting education in the south after the Civil War. He also supported the sciences, exploration and innovation, creating museums of archaeology, natural history, and science. George Peabody’s legacy is recognized both in London and in our City of Peabody with great pride and admiration.
J. Henry Higgins Middle School Mural
On January 16th, 2020, the Peabody Education Foundation revealed our new mural at the J. Henry Higgins Middle School honoring the recipients of our annual George Peabody Legacy Award. The mural recognizes the educators and philanthropists from within our community who have provided a lifetime of contribution to our educational system. The plan will be to add new recipient names to the mural as the years go on. We hope that this new mural serves as a reminder of the dedication and impact that our GPLA recipients have provided to the education and students of Peabody!
Ms. Cara E. Murtagh
Carol Isles, Maria Ferri, George Ernest Osborne, Jack Marshall, Jody Pedro
Dorothea Kuchinsky, Elaine Metropolis, Louis Surman, Victor Passacantilli, Cynthia Moore, Karen McGovern
Lorraine Benoit, Sister Christine Gubisch, Elaine Marshall, June Kessel, Dr. Donna Costa
Jan Anderson, David McGeney, Gerald Hallinan, Janyce Harkins
Edward Sapienza, Phyllis Rantz, Hubert McVann, Maryellen Flynn, Camille Bartlett, Ellen Endslow
Margaret Murphy, Joseph O’Malley, Robert Cavanaugh, Andrew Metropolis, Carolyn McGray, Elaine Espindle
John E. Murtagh, John “Jack” Murtagh, Helen Apostolides, Frank Hardy, Tom Hosman, James Geanoulis
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