Teacher/Parent Grant Recipients for 2023

The Beverly Education Foundation awarded awarded 18 Teacher/Parent Grants totaling $22,538.00 at the recent Beverly Public School Committee meeting. The Teacher/Parent Grants benefit students, teachers, and various educational programs at all levels, in all schools within the Beverly Public Schools. The Foundation supports the creative ideas of Beverly educators which enhance teaching and learning in a 21st century global environment. Grant awards support a wide variety of curriculum-based topics and projects that benefit all students. Grants are for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year and were awarded to teachers for the following initiatives:

Photo: Susan LaRochelle, BHS teacher and Advisor to the Green Team, and Kailey Quintino, BHS student and founder of the Green Team at BHS to receive their grant for Recycled Bench.

Photo: (from left to right, first row) – Doug Walker, Co-Founder and President of the Foundation; Board rep for Cove, Natalie Pommershiem; Sarah Aiello, Board rep for Ayers; Liz Ciampa, citizen Board rep; Anna Green, Co-Founder and Vice-President of the Foundation; Dr Susan Charochak, Superintendent of Beverly Public Schools; Lisl Hacker, Hannah Board rep; Tara Fitzpatrick, North Beverly rep; {second row) Lorinda Visnick, Board Advisor & Ward 6 School Committee Member; BHS Board rep Ann Gavin; and the Foundation’s Treasurer, Andy Cooper at the 2023 Grant Awards presentation at the Beverly Middle School.

2023 Grant Awards – $22,538 awarded:

Beverly High School

  1. 1:1 Learning Initiative Digital Divide and Hardship Subsidy to provide subsidies for laptops for Beverly High School students who are caught in the digital divide or experiencing hardship. 
  2. BHS Green Team Recycled Bench to lead collection efforts in recycling in the District and demonstrate plastic products being upcycled, in this case, a bench for BHS. 
  3. BHS AP Art & PEM MVP to introduce BHS AP Art students to the considerable resources at Peabody Essex Museum. This exclusive partnership with PEM assists students in the creation of their portfolio and exhibits at the Museum. 

Beverly Middle School

  1. Partnering With Parents, Resource Library Support For School Engagement to build a resource library (both hardcopy and digital) to support our parent/guardian community in managing complex mental health needs which impact student attendance and performance 

Ayers Elementary School

  1. Promoting Literacy Development in the Upper Elementary Grades to provide highly engaging decodable texts so older learners may apply their knowledge of letters, patterns and sounds to learn to decode words to read. 
  2. Promoting Number Sense & Math At Home to provide students the opportunity to practice math fluency skills at home to deepen number sense. 

Centerville Elementary School 

  1. Kindergarten Readiness Kits to help educate families on how they can best prepare their children for kindergarten with activities that support learning, fine motor skills, and language development. 
  2. Foundational Skills Workshops for EL Kindergarten and Newcomer 1st Grade Families to provide EL families of Kindergarten and 1st grade students with literacy materials and strategies to guide their children’s learning while building relationships with the families. 

Cove Elementary School 

  1. Decodable Text for Striving Younger Students to provide decodable texts to expose and reinforce the most common words in English to at-risk, ELL, struggling readers, and special ed populations. 
  2. Cove Family Math will provide engaging educational mathematics program for students and families to generate excitement and confidence in math. 

Hannah Elementary School 

  1. Kindergarten Readiness Kits will help educate families on how they can best prepare their children for kindergarten with activities that support learning, fine motor skills, and language development. 
  2. Hannah PVC will allow students to use PVC as a discovery tool in the lower grades and as a way to create novel shapes and models with the older students. 
  3. Showcasing the Arts at Hannah will allow Hannah School to display student art work during school wide art shows as well as to announce events and encourage communication between parents and School. 

North Beverly 

  1. North Beverly Green Team Pollinator Garden will expand the pollinator garden started last year so to be more impactful for local pollinators and will facilitate future classes to continue to learn about stewardship. 


  1. Hooray for Health V will again provide students in Beverly Pre-K as well as students in grade 2 and 4 throughout the District with a whole-body health and nutrition education program helping students make connections between healthy food and healthy bodies. (See video below)
  2. An Intro to AAC Through Picture Books is to support awareness and inclusion of our pre-K to 4th grade students in the District who use augmentative or alternative communication through the collection of picture books featuring characters who use AAC.
  3. Elementary Library Diversity Audit will help determine what is in the District’s elementary school libraries, what areas ought to be better developed, and to ensure that collections support awareness and inclusion of our diverse schools.
  4. Character Building Initiative for First Graders is a City Connects District-wide Character Strong curriculum whereby all first graders will understand how to be successful not only in the classroom, but in the community as well by being kind, being strong, and being well.

The Beverly Education Foundation is celebrating its 26th year of supporting public education in Beverly. The Foundation supports programmatic initiatives that provide enhanced educational opportunities for all Beverly public school students. Each Spring, grants are awarded to support innovative initiatives and programs in Beverly Public Schools.