PEABODY, MASSACHUSETTS (www.northshore-bank.com) – For the past twenty-seven years, between September and December, all third-graders from Peabody’s elementary schools visit the place of George Peabody’s birth to learn about their city’s namesake and his philanthropic ventures. After their tour, the children are asked to write an essay on what they have learned. The top three are chosen and displayed in all the schools throughout the remaining school year.
This year’s essay asked for a response to the question: “In light of the Centennial of the City of Peabody in 2016, do you think the city should erect a statue of George Peabody to honor his many philanthropic contributions, not only in our city, but throughout the United States and England?” As annual sponsors of the contest, North Shore Bank provides savings accounts of $100 for the first place winner, $50 for the second place winner and $25 for the third place winner.
This year’s winners, Gwen Schroeder from St. John the Baptist School, Benjamin Almeida from the Center Elementary School, and Michael Waugh from the West Memorial Elementary School, were honored during a ceremony held at the museum, where they met with city dignitaries and received gift bags from the Bank.
Liz White, Vice President of North Shore Bank stated:
“We’re very proud to participate in this event year after year. It’s a perfect match for us because educational initiatives are just as important to North Shore Bank as they were to George Peabody.” She went on to say, “Congratulations to the essay winners. What an honor to be able to participate this year where it is the Centennial of the City. Your words will influence whether a statue is erected and where it will be.”
North Shore Bank is a full-service community bank based in Peabody, Massachusetts and serving the personal and business banking needs of the North Shore, eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Established in 1888, the bank operates out of twelve area offices, located in Beverly, Danvers, Merrimac, Middleton, Newton New Hampshire, Peabody, Salem and Saugus.
Attending the award ceremony, (back row from left to right) are Liz White, North Shore Bank Vice President, Peabody Mayor, Ted Bettencourt, and Herbert Levine, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools. Award recipients, (front row from left to right) are Michael Waugh (3rd place winner), Gwen Schroeder (1st place winner), Benjamin Almeida, (2nd place winner).