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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.
2021 George Peabody Legacy Award Nominations
We are currently seeking nominations of worthy candidates for our 9th annual George Peabody Legacy Award!! The criteria for nominations is listed on this page and applications can be found below.
Please tell us why you are nominating this person for the George Peabody Legacy Award. Recipients will be selected by our GPLA Committee and will be honored at our award ceremony in October. If you know an educator or philanthropist from within our community who deserves to be recognized, nominate them today!
(Award may be posthumously)
Applications may be submitted through our online application form, through email or by printing out the application and mailing it to us.
Mailing Address: Peabody Education Foundation, P.O. Box 233, Peabody, MA 01960
Deadline: Please submit your application by June 4th, 2021
The nominated person must meet the following criteria:
Is an active member in the Peabody Community
Tireless advocate for the betterment of Peabody students
Lives or works in Peabody
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.
2020 George Peabody Legacy Award
Based on her lifetime of achievement and commitment to many generations of students in Peabody, the Peabody Education Foundation named Cara E. Murtagh as the single recipient of our 8th annual George Peabody Legacy Award. On Sunday, November 29th, 2020, 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, you can re-watch the event below.
“Every Student, Every Day”
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