Local artists are visiting every school in the Gloucester Public School district to do amazing hands-on art projects with kids. The Artistic Bridges program is funded by Gloucester Education Foundation and coordinated by Cape Ann Museum. Kids are getting to learn about what it’s like to be a professional artist, and schools are connecting with the artistic community in a great new way. And everyone’s having FUN!


Painter Loren Doucette is working with West Parish second graders to create the “ABC’s of Gloucester.” The students are drawing Gloucester landmarks beginning with every letter of the alphabet that will be pulled together to make a collaborative art piece. Can’t wait to see it!


Collage Artist Hans Pundt is working with East Gloucester students to create personal collages. The kids are collecting objects and pictures that represent themselves and their heritage to make self portrait collages.


Sculptor Andy Cunningham visited Plum Cove Elementary to show how Gloucester granite can be turned into beautiful artwork.


Honor a Teacher

Looking for a way to acknowledge that special teacher or member of the school community this holiday season? Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) can help.

Honor a Teacher is a new GEF appreciation program.  It has been created out of our belief that many people in our schools play an important role in your child’s education—teachers, teaching teams/houses, aides, paraprofessionals; librarians, coaches and guidance counselors; specialists in art, music, media, physical fitness and science; custodians, food service team members, transportation staff, administrative assistants and other support staff; and administrators.

When you make a donation to GEF* through Honor a Teacher, your honoree will receive a letter informing them of your family’s honorary gift,  along with your personalized note of appreciation.  (The gift amount remains confidential.)

Honor those who have meaningfully impacted their child’s education today. Your gift in any amount supports innovative and enriching programs for Gloucester schools.


* As always, your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law and will be acknowledged directly by GEF.

To get the most value for our dollar – and the greatest possible number of 3D printers for the O’Maley Innovation Middle School — GEF and O’Maley staff called on community volunteers to assemble 25 3D printers for students use. A weekend-long make-a-thon event put dozens of community volunteers, aided by O’Maley staff and students, to work in the effort.

Friends of GEF (and self-proclaimed techno-nerds) Jim Dowd and Martin DelVecchio not only participated in Make-a-Thon but also documented the process in a photo illustrated essay. Click to read the full essay and view photos via GoodMorningGloucester.





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 raised over $25,000 for the Gloucester Public School District with its first-ever Cruise for Schools.

More than 200 guests cruised Gloucester Harbor on board the Beauport Princess during the July 27th event. Guests were entertained by local musician Steve Caraway, an all-star GPS band led by Superintendent Richard Safier and by DJ Hugo Burnham.

Many thanks to the dedicated GEF team who planned this wonderful event and to the many people who showed their love and support for GPS by attending.

Click below to view cruise photos.

Cruise for Schools photo album