Join us for Spruce Up Day at Peabody Elementary!


Join us as we start spring break with service! We need 100 volunteers, including children, to help us spruce up the school campus. 

We have a dozen projects: playground spruce, landscape spruce, garden spruce, teacher appreciation gift-making, garden murals, and more! There is something for everyone, so please join us!

This is a project where school families, Peabody staff, and the Cooper-Young neighborhood can come together to make our school and neighborhood more beautiful!

Sign up here!

Peabody Elementary Announces May 9th Science Fair!


Peabody Elementary hosted its second STEM night to a packed gymnasium of parents and kids. Peabody dad and software designer at Lokion Interactive, Meka Eguwekwe, hosted the night dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  

Eguwekwe led an experiment using water, vegetable oil, food coloring, and Alkaseltzer tablets to create a lava lamp! 


The school also announced the return of a science fair! The Peabody Elementary Science Fair will be held Thursday May 9th, 2013. PreK – 2nd will work on class projects.  Individuals projects will be for 3rd-5th.  

If you want to get the recipe for the lava lamp, learn more about STEM, and find out more about STEM projects happening in Memphis… check out his PowerPoint. 

Peabody/Cooper-Young Blood Drive THIS MONDAY!! Sign up today.


Our teachers, students and volunteers were so disappointed when last month’s event was cancelled the day of the drive. The American Red Cross of Memphis upgraded its computer system a few days before the drive; the change created technical problems that shut down operations for the blood drive. 

We’ve got it rescheduled!!  

The blood drive is this Monday, February 25th from noon-6pm.  

Our teachers initially thought of the drive after hearing about blood shortages following Hurrican Sandy.  The natural disaster forced the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives… cutting into the nation’s blood supply.  Since then, communities across the country have set up drives to replenish the supply.  

It’s a reminder that our nation is always in need of blood both before and after emergencies.  

That’s why Peabody Elementary faculty and staff are calling on our school and our neighborhood to give the gift of blood this new year.  

Here is the link to sign up!  Just sign up for the Peabody drive.

Many thanks to Peabody’s Ms. McMillen and Ms. Eoff for coordinating this effort… twice!



Family STEM Night and Peabody PTA General Meeting this Thursday!


Family STEM Night and General PTA Meeting

Thursday, February 21, 6:00 p.m.

Peabody Elementary Cafetorium


Jobs in STEM-related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are predicted to grow almost twice as fast as non-STEM fields in the coming years — will your child be prepared?


Join us this Thursday night in the cafetorium for Family STEM Night to learn how you can make sure they will be

At Family STEM Night, we’ll:

  • Enjoy a fun, hands-on science activity
  • Share info on local STEM programs your kids can take part in,
  • Get a sneak preview of the Peabody Science Fair coming up in May and how your child will be participating!

Refreshments will be provided starting at 5:30 p.m., and d

ress-down passes will be given out for Friday, 2/22, to kids whose parents attend STEM Night.

And we’re hoping to offer childcare for children aged 4 and under during the program, but we’re still working on lining up sitters, so stay tuned to the Friends of Peabody Facebook page for the latest on that.



Celebrity Judges, Delicious Chili and a Silent Auction! The 6th Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody Elementary Chili Cook-Off is Heating Up!


A renowned school cafeteria reformer, an NBA announcer, a Cooper-Young restaurant icon, and a nationally-recognized chef.

They’re coming to the 6th Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody Elementary Chili Cook-Off… are you?

6th Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody Elementary Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, February 9th 12-1:30 pm

Peabody Elementary Cafeteria

$5 ticket to taste!

Yes, this year we’ve got a panel of celebrity judges — Chef Tony Geraci, MCS Dir. of Food Services and star of the documentary, Cafeteria Man; Rick Trotter, the voice of the Memphis Grizzlies; Tiger Bryant, owner of Young Avenue Deli and part-owner of the Soul Fish cafes; and Chef Ryan Trimm, a finalist for Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef and owner of Sweet Grass and Next Door restaurants. 

But they need some serious chili to judge.  We’ve got some great contestants, but we need more! Click here for contest rules.

Just click this button to pay AND register online! Registration is $20.  

There is a special rate for Peabody Elementary classrooms competing.  

Chili Cook-Off Registration
Regular Registration $20.00 USD Classroom Contestant $15.00 USD

You can also click this link if you want to download a form to enter. 
If you’re not competing, we still need your talent — your tastebuds!  Just buy a $5 ticket at the door, and you get four tastings and a drink!  Your votes help us choose the highly coveted People’s Choice Winner!  This year, we’ve also got kid tickets – $2 buys a child a grilled cheese sandwich and lemonade! 
We’ve introduced a new feature to our already awesome chili contest — a silent auction!  We’ve got a $500 Zoom Whitening package, a landscape consult and certificate, summer membership to the Rhodes College pool, certificates for swimming lessons, Rhodes College’s sports camp, and Idlewild spring soccer registration! We’ve also got Grizz tickets and gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses.  See the list of items here!
We still need volunteers to help us put on this great event.  Join the fun! Click this button to register.  

Sign Up Now!

So eat some chili, go shopping and see your friends and neighbors!

All proceeds go to Peabody Elementary’s beautification fund.


Silent Auction Shopping at the 6th Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody Elementary Chili Cook-Off


Taste delicious chili and then check out our silent auction!  If you like good food, are planning summer and spring activities for your kids, or want upgrades to your lawn or… teeth, we’ve got it!

It’s the first time we’ve held a silent auction at the event.  Check out our generous donors.

Oh yea, and go to their businesses.  They’re Peabody supporters..  just like you.  

6th Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody Elementary Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, February 9th 12-1:30 pm

Peabody Elementary Cafeteria

$5 ticket to taste

Click here for all the details!