Author Archives: Faith Mayer

Heroes and Leaders Celebrated at Summerfest

The annual SummerFest celebration hit the sunny lawns of the Doctor Franklin Perkins School this past Thursday evening, August 17th. Families and staff alike could be seen socializing, enjoying delicious food, and partaking in numerous games and activities dotted around the campus. Attendees were able to enjoy the bouncy house and obstacle course, pet the animals at the petting zoo, or peruse the wares of the farmers market and school store. Music throughout the event was provided by Perkins’ very own Back Porch Band, comprising members of the faculty along with guest performances by several students. 

During the seven weeks of summer, teachers created and taught lessons that focused on various types of leaders and heroes including Nobel Peace Prize Winners, civil rights leaders, community and global heroes, extraordinary kids, and heroes of tomorrow.   The lessons focused on the positive traits, talents and leadership qualities that leaders possess in addition to providing the students with the opportunity to reflect on their own qualities, skills, and talents that make them unique and special.

The students learned about the significance of the Nobel Peace Prize award and the accomplishments of the leaders that have received them, in addition to their impacts on the global society.    Students also learned about extraordinary children as leaders and innovators, such as child inventors and their impact on society despite the various challenges and obstacles they had to overcome.   

The halls of the Janeway Education Center were adorned with student work and projects, representing countless hours of hard work on the part of students and the educational staff at Perkins. The summer theme of “Heroes and Leaders” was very evident in the myriad collages, posters, and reports acknowledging the contributions of civil rights activists and community leaders showcased in the corridors.

Encouraging words of wisdom from role models like Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafzai and Dr. Seuss and assignments that focused on the contributions of leaders such as Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Galileo, Marie Curie and Nelson Mandela.  The Summerfest theme for this year reminded all of our students, staff, and public in attendance to this celebration, that indeed masks and capes are not necessary for one to be a hero!

Grit Defines Perkins Class of 2017

  As the clouds parted to reveal the sunshine rather than downpours, Perkins graduates paraded across the manor lawn proudly dressed in Perkins purple ready to receive the accolades they have worked so hard to achieve. Presiding over the event was CEO Michael W. Ames, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer Timothy Hammond, and Director of EducationContinue Reading

Something Fishy Going On

There’s something fishy about to go on at Perkins. We will be the host of the New England Fancy Guppy Association’s (NEFGA) annual International Bowl Show. The NEFGA is an association of guppy breeders from New England and beyond. Once a month a bowl show is held to show off guppies and learn from moreContinue Reading

Steve Pemberton to be Perkins Keynote Speaker

  A gifted communicator and powerful storyteller, Steve Pemberton will be the keynote speaker at Perkins second annual Evening Under the Stars, Creating Bright Futures Gala to be held November 3 at The International in Bolton. Pemberton, the author of A Chance in the World, a memoir about how he overcame abuse and abandonment inContinue Reading

Sports Banquet Recognizes Outstanding Athletes

Several sports teams were recognized at Perkins annual sports banquet on Thursday night June 15. This year we had 80 students participate in five sport including soccer, basketball, softball, dirt biking and Rein in a Dream Therapeutic Horseback riding. Several students participated in more than one sport, but huge kudos went to Caleigh McKnight whoContinue Reading

Adults and Elders Celebrated

As though in recognition of the fact that there was plenty of warmth in the room, the heat wave broke just in time to welcome Perkins adult and elder program participants and their families to the annual recognition banquet held under the tent on the Perkins Manor lawn Wednesday evening June 14. Several of PerkinsContinue Reading

SCREENAGERS Viewing Elicits Important Discussions

Close to a hundred people – including many teenagers – packed the Dr. Charles P. Conroy Auditorium Thursday night for the premiere viewing of the movie SCREENAGERS. This is an award-winning documentary on mental health and screens meant to be viewed by young adults and their parents in the hopes of starting a discussion. Here at Perkins, a discussionContinue Reading

Check Out Our Live Auction

Pre-Auction bids will be accepted for all live auction items until Monday, May 22 at noon. Interested in bidding? Email LIVE AUCTION ITEMS Golf Foursome at the International in Bolton Golf Foursome at Charter Oaks Country Club, Hudson Two Boston Celtics Tickets for the 2017-2018 Season, Team’s Executive Seats (lower loge level) Two BostonContinue Reading

Support Perkins With The Purchase of a Raffle Ticket.

Too busy to golf? You can still support our tournament by purchasing a Super Raffle Ticket(s)or a Golfer’s Delight Raffle Ticket for one of these great prizes. You don’t need to be present to win. Need help purchasing a raffle ticket? Contact Kerry at or 978-368-6449. SUPER RAFFLE – $20 BOSTON RED SOX FourContinue Reading

Dedicating the Dr. Charles P. Conroy Auditorium and Speakers Series

You know you have left a mark on a place when approximately 120 family, friends, and staff members – past and present –  gather to celebrate the dedication of an auditorium and speakers series that will bear your name. Such is the legacy of Dr. Charles P. Conroy – former Executive Director and CEO ofContinue Reading