Be a chef, judge, or ticket-taker. Volunteer for the 5th Annual CYCA/Peabody Elementary Chili Cook-Off


Try on a new job for an afternoon! A little of your time will do a lot to raise money to improve Peabody’s playground – a space that benefits students and the Cooper-Young neighborhood!

Volunteer spots are open to parents and/or community members. 

Here are two ways to help:

1.Click on this box below to sign up for a small job.  You’ll help make the contest run smoothly.


2. Download this page and sign up to be a Chili Chef!  Entry fee is just $15 before February 3rd. Prizes and glory await. 

If you can’t volunteer – please come, taste chili, and vote for the best!

Invite your friends and family.  It’s super fun.  Promise.

What: 5th Annual CYCA/Peabody Chili Cook-Off

When: Saturday, February 11th

             12:00 – 1:30

Where: Gymnasium of Peabody Elementary


Your Child’s Old Books Can Make Another Child’s Life Better

Peabody Elementary is joining one of the fastest growing grassroots organizations to promote early literacy among children.  It’s called Books Make it Better.


Here’s how it works. You bring in your child’s gently used books to our dropbox at Peabody Elementary.  Our PTA collects those books and they are distributed to children who do not have access to children’s books.  

Why Books Make it Better was started:
  • 2/3 of children living in poverty don’t have a single book at home
  • The ratio of children to books in low income neighborhoods is 300 to 1
  • Children read to during the first years of life are more likely to read on schedule

Drop-off gently used children’s books in the box labeled Books Make it Better.  

Boxes located under PTA bulletin boards near the front office and in the cafeteria! 

Deadline to participate: December 16th

Books Make it Better is a program started by Mom Congress, a yearly gathering of engaged mothers chosen to represent each state in the U.S. If you want to learn more about Mom Congress click here or ask our own Peabody PTA co-president Mandy Grisham, Tennessee’s 2011 Mom Congress delegate.  

Show Cooper-Young Your School Spirit at Friends of Peabody ‘Light the Way’ Party!


Let’s ‘Light the Way’ for runners at this Friday’s Cooper-Young 4-Miler!  Join in the fun as neighbors throughout Cooper-Young hold ‘Light the Way‘ parties to cheer on the runners.  Bring flashlights or glo sticks so your kids can help light up the race route that runs right outside Peabody Elementary on Young Ave!

Pack a picnic, grab some chairs or a blanket, and we’ll all get together on the front grounds and steps of Peabody.  It will be a fun night for fellowship and to show the community that Peabody loves Cooper-Young!  

When:  Friday, Sept. 16th

Where:  Front grounds of Peabody Elementary

Time:  6:00 p.m. 

Bring if you wish:  Flashlights, glo sticks, pom pons, signs to cheer the runners, a picnic (if you want to eat), chair or blanket

Wear if you wish:  A royal blue shirt.  Show your Peabody Pride!

The race starts at 7:00 – but streets start closing for the race route at 6:15.  If you’d like to park close to the school – try to get there by 6:00!