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.


Beer for Books 3

Please join us for the Friends of Peterson’s 3rd annual Beer for Books

SATURDAY JUNE 10, 2017, 7 PM- 11 PM
Parking will be available at MB Financial Bank

Unable to make it? Donate today!

Enjoy food, drinks, & live music
You will be treated to live music, non-alcoholic beverages donated by Trader Joe’s, and wonderful food donated by Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club, El Carrito, Maison de Castelnau, Noon-O-Kabab and Tre Kronor. Friends of Peterson donors will also be able to enjoy beer and wine from Alarmist, Half Acre, Louis Glunz Beer, Breakthru Beverage, and Lentino Enterprises.

Gather with friends & neighbors
There will be many fun opportunities to gather with friends and neighbors and support Friends of Peterson through a silent and live auction, a wine grab, the Giving Tree and more. Tickets to this adults-only event are available for purchase for $20. The price of the tickets will increase as the event draws near.

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Success! The 5 for 5 Campaign made it's goal!

With the help of over 60 individuals, Friends of Peterson was able to reach its $5000 goal! With the generous $5000 matching donation, 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. 

Thank you to all who helped make this possible!

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