North Shore Bank recently presented a donation to the Peabody Education Foundation (PEF). Funds were raised by bank employees as part of their weekly “Jeans Day” program. Each Friday, in exchange for $5, bank employees are allowed to wear jeans. At the end of the month the accumulated funds are then collected and donated to a local non-profit organization that was chosen by the staff.  The Bank decided to match the funds raised by the employees for the Peabody Education Foundation bringing the total contribution to $2,600.

Jodi Landry, Branch Manager of the bank’s Washington Street branch in Peabody, who suggested PEF as the recipient for their Jeans Day program in December, said:  

The Children and Educators of Peabody experienced a devastating loss with the passing of Superintendent Cara Murtagh and Peabody Memorial High School Vice Principal Judith Maniatis.” She continued, “Knowing how much the children of Peabody meant to each of these ladies, it was a perfect opportunity to raise money through our December Jean’s Day program in their honor. Every student, every day, you are forever in our hearts. 

The Peabody Education Foundation is made up of community members, business leaders, and educators seeking to enhance the quality of Peabody public education.

David Gravel, Chairman of the Peabody Education Foundation, said of the bank’s contribution:

The Peabody Education Foundation is very grateful for the generous donation we received from North Shore Bank to support the many unique and creative programs that we offer to the students of the Peabody Public Schools.” He went on to say, “Knowing that the donation was initiated by all of the employees of the bank and then matched by the bank, made it even more special and proved once again what a great community partner North Shore Bank is to our organization and our City.

About the Peabody Education Foundation
Founded in 1985, the Peabody Education Foundation integrates resources from all facets of the community into the city’s schools. They provide unique programs and advanced technology to thousands of students who might otherwise not enjoy such experiences due to budget constraints. Their programs are intended to benefit and guide children as they develop into successful citizens and leaders. With the support of the community, they are able to continue offering programs to encourage creativity and inspiration in Peabody’s students. For more information on the Peabody Education Foundation, visit