We are giving the students of Peterson Elementary more opportunities.


The Friends of Peterson is a fundraising organization. Its goal is to raise funds to help support the students and staff at Mary Gage Peterson Elementary School.


5 for 5 Campaign!

Chicago Public Schools is facing significant financial challenges this academic year.  Unfortunately, Peterson Elementary School is no exception.  We are facing cuts of nearly $100,000 this year, which, unfortunately, means fewer funds to address the needs of our students.

In an attempt to help offset these losses, an anonymous donor has generously pledged to match up to $5,000 in donations made to the Friends of Peterson.  If we are able to raise $10,000, we will be able to purchase critically important literacy curriculum for our youngest struggling readers.

These leveled literacy interventions have been used during before and after-school programming at Peterson and the positive results have been clear – students in the program improved their reading skills by an average of 15.5 points, as measured by the NWEA MAP Assessment.  In addition to these impressive results, many students were able to demonstrate increased confidence in their reading skills, and were able to begin reading at grade level for the first time.  Being able to expand these interventions, targeted at our youngest students, will have a positive impact on their academic lives for years to come.  

Please take a moment to join the 5 for 5 campaign and make a tax-deductible contribution.  Help us raise these funds and double every dollar that you donate!

Eat Some for Peterson!

We have two great ways to raise money for Peterson while enjoying your meal!

Every Tuesday and Saturday through October 1st, mention Friends of Peterson when you order from Local Pizzeria.

October 26th, download this flyer and take it to the Panera Bread location on 6059 North Lincoln from 4-8:00 PM.

Our annual Beer for Books was a great success!

In one night, we raised $24,000 for Peterson Elementary, and it could not have been possible without support of the people and businesses below.

Event Sponsors



Megan & David Garr
Adamji Family
Stephen Johnson
Laura Jops
Catherine Korda
Mark and LLoy Johnston
Jeanne & Kevin Poorman
Grant & Rachel Bramley
Wendy MacWilliams


Individuals Donating Their Talents

Jendy Barnes
Jenny Curtis
Chuck Deters
Ky DIckens
Kaisa Dille
Katreena Dyrek
James Edstrom
Abel Fernandez
Anita Gabor
Bonnie Glassner
Jenny Hoskins
Kathleen Hurley
Andrew Johnson
Kim Schiller
Scott TrinteR


Music Provided By

The Chevrons
Marc and Andres
The Basement Band

Business & Organization Donors

AkVavit Theatre
Begyle Brewing
Breakroom Brewery
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Wolves
Chroma K8 Beautique
Club Lago
Davis IMperial Cleaner
Field Museum
Galter Life Center
Goldfish Swim School, Evanston
The Grafton
Hua's Oriental Center
J at School
L. Woods
Lil' Kickers
Lillstreet Art Center
Manal Studio
Messy Mini Masters
Midwest Car Care
North Park University
North Park Covenant Church
North Shore Nannies
NEIU Campus Recreation
Pete's Auto
Pro-Holistic Care Physical Medicine Chicago
Physical Medicine Chicago
Robert's PIzza Company
Shedd Aquarium
Shepin Tax Services
Steel Springs Fitness
Supreme Beauty Parlor
Taylor Hair Design
Two Brothers
Waking Dreams Studio
Watercolors by Sandy Trinter
Women & Children First

Celebrate someones birthday, wedding, or friendship by donating in their honor. When donating, please be sure to fill out to whom you are dedicating your donation.

Through the support of our community and businesses, we have successfully raised our first $100,000!

Thank you to everyone that has helped Friends of Peterson reach this milestone, and to all who will support us in the future.

Friends of Peterson is now an Amazon Smile partner! At no extra cost to you, every purchase you make through Amazon Smile will also be a small donation to Friends of Peterson. Start by just clicking below!


Find out about our organization, mission, and what successes we have had thus far.

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