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.


Have a meal at El Carrito on Thursday, March 23rd, and 25% of the proceeds will go to Friends of Peterson!

Make sure to mention Peterson when you order

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Last year, in one night, we raised $24,000 for Peterson Elementary!
This year we'll have a new venue and even more ways to support Peterson!

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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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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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