"Education: A Debt Due from Present to Future Generations"- George Peabody, 1852
PEABODY SCHOOL HISTORY PROJECT
LETTER TO STUDENTS
Looking Back and Ahead:
School Histories on the Internet
Remember your first day at school? I bet you can remember what you were wearing and probably several other details and feelings of that eventful day when you first entered the halls of learning in your neighborhood.
You also have memories of the growing you did over the countless hours and several years that you regularly ventured to the nearby school and shared in its community. It is a part of your personal history that you also share with other graduates over the generations. But, what do you really know about your school or alma mater?
The history of the Peabody Public Schools is a story that has not been told and we're hoping that you will become involved in composing a report on one of the city's existing schools. The reports will be published on the Peabody Public Schools' homepage on the world wide web.
Sign up to participate on a team of one or two other Aquarius students and author the reports that will also be published in loose-leaf notebook form so that the future history of the school can be added to it.
Besides learning about interesting Peabody history and having your picture and byline published, students could also receive Community Service credit towards the National Honor Society. Involvement in this project also makes an excellent reference for future job applications. At the end of the project, students will be invited to a reception at the school to unveil the report.
Local historian and author S.M. Smoller will work in the classroom and accompany students, during class time, on a visit to explore their assigned school campus. She will also supervise field research after school to access local newspaper collections at the Peabody Historical Society Ruth Hill Library and the Peabody Institute. At least one student member of each school team will be required to do newspaper microfilm research for the project. Students will also interview a graduate of their assigned school.
We are seeking teams of two to three students each to serve as school historians for each of the following schools: Brown, Burke, Carroll, Center, Kiley, South, Welch, West, Higgins, and PVMHS.
The "School Histories on the Internet" project will begin in January and continue through April. It provides an invaluable opportunity to polish interviewing and on-site researching skills. Your writing talent will bring the history of the district into the future. We're hoping you'll take advantage of this unique and exceptional opportunity!
Homeroom Teacher: ________________________________________________________
Where did you graduate from elementary school? ______________________________
Parent's signature: __________________________________________________________