Peabody Elementary Shares Love in a “GRAND” Way

Ronnie Freeman Jr. enjoying lunch with his grandmother,                                                                                            Mrs. Bobbie Patterson

Ronnie Freeman Jr. enjoying lunch with his grandmother, Mrs. Bobbie Patterson

By Dierdre Jones/Peabody Faculty

If you ask the students at Peabody Elementary about their greatest love, you are likely to hear them say, “My grandparents.”   Over a three day span the overwhelming visibility of grandparents was proof positive. More than 150 grandparents filled Peabody Elementary’s cafetorium to capacity. The special occasion, was our annual Grandparent’s Day Luncheon.

As each guest arrived they were welcomed with a visitor’s badge and a sweet treat by the school secretary, Mrs. Wilkes.   With all of the preliminaries out of the way, our special guests were then directed to the cafetorium to meet their grandchildren.

It was a heartwarming experience to watch the expressions of the students and grandparents as they caught each other’s eye upon entering the cafetorium. The grandparents were happy to be there and the smile on the students’ faces showed that the feeling was mutual.

According to Alison Webb’s grandfather, Mr. Alvin Ferguson, he has attended the Grandparent’s Luncheon for six years and has enjoyed it every year.  He not only enjoys eating with Alison but also seeing and talking to the teachers and staff.

Fourth grade student, Lauren Dunnam, was all smiles as she sat between her great grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz.  Her face is always aglow when she speaks of her weekly visits with them.  These are memories that Lauren will cherish forever.

Grandparent’s Day is “Grand” at Peabody Elementary School because our students appreciate and celebrate one of their greatest loves – Grandparents!

I would be remiss not to mention one of my greatest loves, my 94 year old Granny Annie Lou Johnson, to whom this article is dedicated.   There would be no me without you.

Peabody Garden Volunteer Day for ‘Tour de Coop’

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Our very own school garden will be one of the stops on the first annual “Tour de Coop,” a bicycle tour of chicken coops, gardens, and beehives in Midtown Memphis.

(The tour is a fundraiser for GrowMemphis, the organization that provided the original grant to fund our garden.)

The event takes place on Saturday, October 12, from 8:30-12:30.

We need volunteers to be present to meet cyclists, show off the garden beds, and talk about our amazing school garden. (I will give you talking points!)

Your shift can be for as little as 30 minutes or longer if you like.  Parents, teachers, and students all welcome!

For questions, email Emily at To sign up, please click here:

And if you’d like to register for the Tour de Coop itself (kids are welcome!), please visit this link!