The year-end holidays are upon us, and so it’s the season of giving and showing appreciation for special people your life.

Gloucester Education Foundation’s Honor a Teacher program is a great way to say “Thank You” to those teachers and other people in your child’s school who have had a positive impact on his or her education and school experience over the past year.  When you make a gift through this program, GEF will prepare a special letter of appreciation to your child’s teacher with your personal message.  Your gift will honor your child’s teacher and will help support the innovative and exciting programs that GEF funds in all of Gloucester’s schools.

Gifts in any amount are welcome and much appreciated.  All gift amounts are always confidential and never disclosed to the honoree.  It’s easy, just click on the link below to download a form or to make your donation through our secure website.

Click here to make your Honor A Teacher gift.

Thank you for honoring our teachers and supporting innovation in the Gloucester Public Schools!


Play It Forward!

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Is there an unused trombone taking up space in your closet…a violin gathering dust under your bed…or maybe a trumpet or flute cluttering up your attic? Please consider “playing it forward” by donating your  gently-used musical instruments (functioning or in need of minor repair) to the Gloucester Public Schools Citywide Band.

Donations will be added to the band’s loaner library and give students who want to learn music access to affordable instruments.

According to a study conducted at Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, learning to play musical instruments can do much more than build a love of music in our children— it also helps to develop healthy brain functioning and enhances learning.

So please, consider donating your unused instrument and give a child the chance to discover the many wonders of music.

Donors will receive a tax receipt from the Gloucester Education Foundation.

Call Carlos Menezes at (978) 281-9850, ext. 26339 or the Gloucester Education Foundation at (978) 282-5550 for more information and  to make arrangements for transferring your donation.

Banking for the CommunityBankGloucester is donating $20,000 to community organizations through its “Banking for the Community” program. With your support GEF can be the recipient of a $500, $1000, $3000 or, if we are the top vote getter, a $5000 grant.

Please click on the ballot illustration below to cast your vote in support of Gloucester Education Foundation.



GEF Annual Report

ar2015The GEF Annual Report is now available. It features some of GEF’s funded program during the 2014-15 school year, including our new initiatives in 3-D printing, two pilot programs at Beeman and Veterans’ Schools, the Districtwide elementary Math Olympiads program, and more. Click here to read a copy online. Hard copies are available at our schools or by contacting us at

GHS now has a state of the art photo and design studio, thanks to the efforts of Jacqueline Underwood.

robandjacquieMs. Underwood, GHS Photography & Design teacher spearheaded the multi-year, multi-phase project. Her dream to think big started with the requirement that the photography lab either become compliant with current regulations regarding the use of darkroom chemicals or switch to digital photography. Chosing the latter option Ms. Underwood received funding from GEF for the purchase of ten digital cameras, funding from Linzee & Beth Coolidge for the reconstruction of the photography department’s space, and the extraordinary donation of much very high end photo studio equipment from Robert Amory. More recently, the final stage of the project has been the purchase of 24 computers again with the financial support of Mr. Amory and GEF. Throughout the process many others have been involved including the GHS Electrical Program students and the high school’s IT Department.

Studio 3105 had its grand opening on June 18 when visitors & donors were invited to see the studio in action. All present agreed that Studio 3105 will be a lasting tribute to Ms. Underwood, who is retiring at the end of this current academic year and a terrific boost to Emily Harney, incoming Photo & Design teacher. GEF thanks Ms. Underwood for her dedicated efforts and welcomes Ms. Harney.

The Gloucester chapter of Generous Gardeners is holding a plant sale for the benefit of GEF on Saturday, May 16th, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

The sale will be set up on Stacy Boulevard near the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial. Come stock up on healthy, locally grown plants for your garden and  support GEF.  Proceeds from past plant sales have been used enhance gardening and nutritional programs in Gloucester schools.

Generous Gardeners