December 2020

Dear G&P Families:

Friends of Graham & Parks is a parent-run nonprofit organization with the mission of supporting the school’s unique curriculum. During normal times, this means funding field trips, visiting specialists, projects, and more. 

But as you are painfully aware, this year is far from normal.

An extraordinary school with a diverse and inclusive community, Graham & Parks has been a leader in rising to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help our school, Friends of Graham & Parks has pivoted to support the school’s efforts to conduct both safe in-person and high-quality remote learning. We’re working closely with the school’s administration and teachers to ensure all students at our school have access to the materials they need to effectively learn. Examples of what we have funded so far include books to support anti-racism work within our classrooms and the 4th grade poetry curriculum and Bluetooth voice amplifiers to assist teachers with in-person learning. We have also earmarked $9,000 to ensure that every grade level teaching team has funds available for virtual field trips, books, and other materials and activities over the course of this school year, and set aside an additional $7,000 to support anti-racism work at Graham & Parks.

 This year, we’re aiming to raise at least $20,000 to ensure continued support—and we need your help.

We know these are difficult financial times for many families. For those who are able to give—especially those who have never given before to Friends of Graham & Parks—we respectfully request your consideration. Every gift, especially during these times, matters, and all funds raised go directly to support teachers, students and staff at Graham & Parks.

Ways to donate:

  1. Paypal—scan the QR code below with your smartphone’s camera or use the link:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1573227 
  2. Send a cash or a check donation to the school (44 Linnaean Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 ℅ Friends).

All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt for your contribution. For workplace matching grant programs, please notify us at friendsofgandp@gmail.com

You can learn more about the group at www.friendsofgandp.org or by liking our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofGandP 

In addition, we recognize that parents might be seeking ways to contribute more widely to support families in Cambridge. Below are links to organizations that are seeking donations and/or volunteers:

The Mayor’s Covid Disaster Relief fund: https://www.cambridgema.gov/covid19/mdrf 

Food for Free: https://foodforfree.org/ 

The Cambridge Community Foundation: http://cambridgecf.org/

Many thanks for your consideration and support,

Friends of Graham & Parks

Amber Bifolck-Fisher, Jennifer Chen, Kris Dickson, Matt Goldstein, Christian Henry, Maia McAleavey, Pete Mellor, Kathleen Roosevelt, Jessie Scanlon, and Ena Valenzuela