Congratulations to the GEF Award Winners

The GEF Gala last Friday night at the Pierce Farm at Witch Hill in Topsfield  was a great success! This new venue was comfortable and quaint with plenty of space for mingling and snapping up some great auction items.  There were so many generous donations and I would like to thank everyone who helped us out this year!

A big highlight was the awarding of the grants and the announcement of the two award winners for excellence in teaching and community support. This year we are  pleased to see two wonderful people recognized and there could not be two more deserving people . Penn  Brook guidance counselor Elizabeth Carrol was presented with the Golden Apple Award and Pete Lucido was given the Partner in Education Award! Both of these individuals go over and above what is expected and  they do it because they want the best for our kids! Thanks to Stacey Lemay and Scott MacDonald who did an awesome job of introducing these award winners  and speaking about each of  them personally. They really hit it on the head as to why Elizabeth and Pete were this year’s recipients.

The GEF also presented four grants this year to Jessica McPhail, Liz Marchetti, Elizabeth Carroll and Marianne Fravel. These grant funds will go directly toward funding an innovative project in the school or classroom and I can’t wait to see these great ideas come to life. Congratulations to all of the grant recipients! Their students will appreciate the fruits of your labor so thank you all!

We are so grateful to have the GEF supporting our schools! They provide necessary funding for enrichment in the areas of math, science , technology, arts and innovation in teaching! Another great Gala is in the books but I am already looking forward to next year! Thank you GEF!