2024 Teacher Grant Award Recipients

Photo: (from left to right) - Rachael Abell, Beverly School Committee President; Kate Twombly; Beverly Superintendent Sue Charochak; Natalie Pommersheim; Catherine Barrett; BEF President Doug Walker; Ann Gavin; Sarah Aiello; Michael Osborne; Lorinda Visnick, Beverly School Committee, Andy Cooper; & Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill.

We wanted to highlight the 2024 Teacher / Parent Grant recipients that were recently awarded on June 12, 2024.

This year, we received a large number of applications, and we are pleased to share that over $20,000 has been awarded to support the following projects:

  • Beverly High School
  • Robotics
  • Peabody Essex Museum AP Art
  • Beverly Middle School
  • Graphic Novel Update for the library
  • VEX Robotics
  • All Elementary Schools & BMS
  • Hooray For Health
  • Ayers Ryal Side Elementary School
  • Number Sense Math
  • At Home Lively Letters
  • Centerville Elementary School
  • Fall Kindergarten Learning
  • Express Yourself
  • Decodable Text for Advanced Learners
  • Cove Elementary School
  • Eetchie Tool Kits
  • Math Resources
  • Change is Simple
  • Poetry Hill Program
  • Hannah Elementary School
  • Hannah Beautification Mural
  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Rivers Rock Ecology Program
  • McKeown Preschool
  • SPUR Garden
  • North Beverly Elementary School
  • Decodable Text for Older Students
  • Social Emotional Books
  • Introduction to CPR/AED
  • Ukelele Program
  • Playground Communications
  • Steamroller Machine

Accepting the grant for the BHS Robotics Team, BHS Student Miranda Harrington

and BHS Math Teacher Mike Pellegrino.

Congratulations and Thank You to the many teachers and staff for bringing these programs and projects to our schools!

The generous donations we received paired with matching gifts make it possible to fund these amazing projects. We want to thank YOU for your Honor-A-Teacher (HAT) donations and your continued support to make these grants possible.

BEF Teacher Grant Project Showcase:

Hannah Elementary School

"Showcasing the Arts"

Awarded in June 2023, the Showcasing the Arts at Hannah Elementary Grant's goal was to purchase display panels to hold student art at Hannah Elementary.

The panels are used at the school's Annual Art Show, and at several Open Houses throughout the School Year. As an added benefit, the panels can also be used for backdrop displays and/or decorations for school-wide music concerts and performances.

Showcasing student art in this manner helps instill a sense of confidence and pride in our young artists, and can be used for many years to come.


Cummings Foundation Grant Update

The Beverly Education Foundation is so very grateful for the Cummings Foundation support of our mission to enhance and enrich public education in Beverly. These funds are being put to great use, here is a recap of grant spending from this school year.

The Beverly Foundation disbursed $11,000.00 from the Teaching and Learning 10-Year Cummings Foundation Grant for:

Beverly High School

  • Robotics and Engineering Curriculum
  • Digital Divide Laptop Subsidies for the 1 to 1 Learning Initiative

Beverly Middle School

  • Nature’s Classroom

Additional disbursements from of the Cummings Foundation 10-Year Grant for this academic year were $16,000.00 for:

Teacher Professional Development

Elementary School Programs and Initiatives

Beverly Middle School

  • Prusa Printers
  • Culturally Responsive Library

Enjoy Summer Break!

We hope everyone enjoys a relaxing, refreshing, and safe summer break!

Save the Date!

2024-2025 BPS important calendar dates: 

  • Wednesday, September 4 - Gr. 1-9 Start Date, Virtual Day Gr. 10-12
  • Thursday, September 5 - All Students Gr 1-12 return
  • Friday, September 6 - Kindergarten & Preschool Start

More Ways to Support BEF!

We have T-shirts!

Sizes S, M, L available. $15 each.

Please contact info@bevedfoundation.org to get yours today!

Additional Donation Opportunities

  • Matching Donations: Many workplaces powerfully leverage your donation by matching contributions to BEF. Check whether your employer has a matching gift program.
  • Corporate Donations: Mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses and private organizations empower BEF to provide greater support for Beverly Public School students, to strengthen academic programs to provide a greater impact in the Beverly community.
  • Estate & Trust Donations: Leave a legacy gift by directing an estate contribution to BEF. You can plan now for a future gift to the Foundation by including a bequest provision in your Will or Trust.
  • IRA Gifts: Assets such as Individual Retirement Account (IRA) benefits, 401(k) benefits, and life insurance benefits can be donated by naming the Beverly Education Foundation as the designated beneficiary of your contract.
  • Gifts of Stock: When you arrange the gift of appreciated stocks directly to the Beverly Education Foundation, you can avoid capital gains tax which would be incurred if you sold the same securities outright.

To discuss these opportunities, please contact BEF at info@bevedfoundation.org

Thank you for your continued support!

Board of Directors:

  • Doug Walker – President
  • Anna Green – Vice President
  • Andy Cooper – Treasurer
  • Catherine Barrett – Clerk
  • Ann Gavin – Beverly High School representative
  • Rachel Redman – Beverly High School representative
  • Janna Dwyer – Beverly Middle School representative
  • Kate Twombly – Beverly Middle School representative
  • Elizabeth Ciampa – Beverly Citizen representative
  • Natalie Pommersheim – Cove representative
  • Lisl Hacker – Hannah representative
  • Sarah Aiello – Ayers representative
  • Tara Fitzpatrick – North Beverly representative
  • Mike Osborne – Centerville representative 

Advisors (Non Voting):

  • Lorinda Visnick, School Committee Representative, Ward 6
  • Scott Houseman, City Councilor, Ward 4
  • BHS Student Representatives – Graham Gavin, Nola Redman

The Beverly Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1997 to support public education in Beverly.

During the past 27 years, the Foundation has supported teacher innovation, piloted new educational programs, inspired students, and supported equal access and educational opportunities for all. For more information about the Beverly Education Foundation or to make a donation, please visit:



Beverly Education Foundation PO Box 407 Beverly, MA 01915

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