Peabody,  September 28 2018

Class of 1950 gives back to PVMHS

Two members of the Class of 1950 coordinate donation of $1,200+ to PVMHS civics class

Polly Southwick and Ann Flynn, Peabody Veterans Memorial High School (PVMHS) graduates in the Class of 1950, recently donated $1,243 to Democracy in Action, a new civics-based course at PVMHS. The Peabody residents’ generosity helps the students move forward in their fundraising goal to subsidize experiential learning via day trips in the region and a week in Washington, D.C.

Democracy in Action enables PVMHS students to engage with policy makers on the federal, state and local levels, as well as with professionals from the fields of politics and law. Students have the opportunity to learn, firsthand, about local, state and federal government.

Inspired by the memory of their civics teachers, Mr. Arnold and Mr. Dullea, and a recent newspaper article about a donation made by the Class of 1946, Polly and Ann reached out and gave back to the current generation so that they, too, could learn about government and engage with their community.

The money will be used to fund day trips to gain invaluable field experience with state and local government and help defray the expenses of students attending the weeklong course in Washington, D.C. in March 2019. The D.C. experience, coordinated by the Close Up Foundation, will provide these PVMHS seniors an opportunity to engage with students from across the United States in civics-based workshops and simulations, a tour of the nation’s capital, and a meeting with their congressional delegation. It is with the help of caring and generous citizens like Southwick and Flynn that Peabody students will witness a unique experience of our democracy in action.

The 20 seniors from Democracy in Action would like to thank and recognize Southwick, Flynn and the Class of 1950 for their generosity. Donations can be made to City of Peabody – Civics/Democracy in Action, and mailed to Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Democracy in Action, 485 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960.