Peabody spring events

By Ginger Spickler

If you’ve been reading my columns about Peabody Elementary since last summer, you’ve probably gotten the message that we (the parents, teachers, and administrators of Peabody) really want this school to be a true neighborhood school. So, first of all, I want to publicly thank all of the neighborhood families who came to the January Open House to check us out. It was exciting to see so many familiar faces roaming the halls.
But being a neighborhood school isn’t just about having Cooper-Young kids in attendance – it’s also about the grown-up neighbors who give of their time, talents, and resources to nurture and support every kid who walks through the doors each morning. And so in that spirit, I’d like to ask everyone to take a look at the list of upcoming events and mark your calendar for at least one that you can participate in to show all the kids of Peabody that Cooper-Young is behind them.

4th Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody Elementary Chili Cook-Off (March 5) –
$5 buys you five chili tastings, a drink, and a great time socializing with your neighbors, who always turn out in droves! There may even still be room to enter your prize-winning chili – see for details.

Career Day (April 12) – Looking to inspire the next generation of web designers, chefs, architects, librarians, or management consultants? Come share your job with Peabody’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders as they explore what the future could hold for them! The format will be job fair-esque, with tables set up in the cafeteria from 9am until noon, during which time the students will visit on a rotating schedule. Contact school counselor Christopher Jones at or 901-416-8860 to volunteer.

ThinkShow! (April 28) – Demonstrating that they can (and do!) think outside the test bubble, students create unique pieces of work based on topics they are studying in class. Prepare to be impressed as you spend a couple of hours this day judging the students’ work as a community juror. Contact Jenifer Eoff at or 901-416-4606 for more info.

International Festival (May 13) – More details will be forthcoming in next month’s issue, but make plans now to be there for this not-to-be-missed, school-is-almost-out event at Peabody. You’ll tour the world from the comfort of Young Avenue with Peabody students as your guides!


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