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Taste of Wachusett Celebrates Twenty Years

Hard to believe the Taste of Wachusett is in its twentieth year. The very first host, Susan Templeton, the then Executive Director of the Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce, decided that it would be great fun to create a trade show for the sole purpose of sampling great food and drink while mingling with aContinue Reading

Successful Initiatives Save Money

Going and staying green is an important goal here at Perkins. We have put many initiatives in place over the last several years to reduce our environmental footprint and, in the process, save money. From purchasing environmentally benign cleaning products, switching our ice melt to a biodegradable anti-corrosive calcium magnesium acetate product, to single-stream recyclingContinue Reading

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 theContinue Reading

Engaging Students in Learning

Perkins is always seeking new ways to engage our students in learning and encourage them to pursue new passions. Our education team incorporates many different learning options for students, and work steadily to reach every single student. Some of our students learn best by doing and others by observing. Learning is different for every student.Continue Reading

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