This site aims to inform and mobilize Beverly parents to take an active role in all issues related to the funding and operation of the city's schools. It was launched in the spring of 2008, when the city saw its first-ever override attempt fail, followed by the closure of a nearly-new elementary school. Subsequent years have seen further cuts that have led to larger class sizes across the district. While the opening of an impressive new high school and plans to replace the city's aging middle school give us reason to be optimistic, the school community must be ever vigilant in demanding appropriate school funding by city and state governments, and better community communications from the district and School Committee.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Help Green Up Briscoe Tomorrow

Community Green-Up Day
Saturday, May 16th, 2009
9:00 - 4:00 (Rain Date Sunday, May 17)

Green-Up Day at Briscoe is a coordinated effort to implement a formal and sustainable landscaping design to best enhance Briscoe's classic architecture and make the grounds as inviting as possible, while meeting true middle school needs. Thoughtful modifications will accentuate the unique details of the engravings, veterans’ memorials and fa├žade of this 86 year old landmark. Already, 9 new trees have been donated to the effort, including American Elms given by our elementary schools and individual families. Many more items remain on the wish list

Anyone who is interested in rolling up their sleeves and lending a hand is welcomed to join in. We have in place a very clear landscaping and grounds improvement plan but we need YOUR help to make it a reality!

Bring your kids, your friends, your gloves, your water bottle and your LABELED yard tools. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty to make Briscoe as beautiful as possible! Stay for an hour or for the whole day. Drop in and out between sporting and other commitments.

Want to help but can’t be on site? Consider making a contribution to be used towards fulfilling the improvement plan’s specific wish list. We will gladly accept checks or gift certificates to local greenhouses such as Leonard’s, Sweeney’s, Ward’s, Chapman’s, Corliss, Northeast Nursery, or where ever you shop. Send to

Briscoe PTO,
7 Sohier Road,
(checks payable to Briscoe PTO, “Grounds” in memo). !

Some wish list items :
Junipers ($100 each),
assorted trees ($200 each),
classic trash receptacle ($250),
bench ($400),
or any amount toward a wish list item!


Questions contact Kathy Whitehair (978-922-4508)