This is just the start...

Friends of Peterson has made many accomplishments, from giving more opportunities for students to learn, but also for teachers to further their education. FoP has supplemented Peterson Elementary in bringing the community together for celebrations and in times of need. We're excited by what we've achieved, but we're even more excited by what future holds!

2 years, but many accomplishments

During the last two years, the FoP, which works to provide opportunities for all students at Peterson, has funded over $75,000 worth of books and curriculum, music and sports equipment, teacher training, andfield trips for students. In addition, the FoP has provided financial support for the Arabic program.

Our community came together in crises and raised $40,000 in relief for Peterson families who have faced tragedies.

Along with schools throughout Chicago Public Schools, the upcoming year will be difficult for Peterson. Friends of Peterson is working to bring Peterson students and families what they need for a good education, and we’ll need more support than ever.   

What We've Achieved

  • Funding of a 2-day teacher training seminar for 4 teachers
  • Purchase of a basketball hoop and hockey goals, as well as other equipment, for the PE program.
  • From a great evening at International Night, we were able to fund the VEX Robotics equipment for our after-school robotics competition!
  • Raised $35000 in fire relief for Peterson and community families.
  • Cameras purchased for the art department.
  • STEM supplies which students used to create these designs to help people with flat feet.
  • We have funded an Arabic teacher for the past two years.
  • A new piano in the auditorium for the Music Department. 
  • Our goal is to become a 1:1 school. Our 1:1 initiative is to give every student access to a Chromebook or iPad. FoP is making this possible and our school has 2/3rd's to go! 15 Chromebooks have been purchased for the K-3 grades and the 6-8 grade mathematics program.
  • Teaching aids for 4th-6th grade mathematics and science program.
  • More than 1400 books purchased for Peterson classrooms.
  • Two middle school Pop-Up Libraries.
  • Flexible seating for a 2nd grade classroom.