Author Archives: Kerry Flathers


Perkins Inaugural Evening Under the Stars, Creating Bright Futures, will feature Pulitzer Prize – winning author Ron Suskind as the main speaker. Suskind is the author of the book Life, Animated. This book is the Suskind family story about how a family reconnected and grew together through their autistic son’s affinity for Disney movies. Through theseContinue Reading

Solar Project Kicks Off at Perkins

We are pleased to announce that the solar installation work began on the Janeway building last week. It is expected the bulk of the project will be completed this week while the students are on vacation. The renewable energy system, being installed by Hudson, Mass.-based New England Clean Energy, is projected to deliver electricity savings ofContinue Reading

Perkins Pays Tribute to Trustee Emeritus Elsie Apthorp

Elsie Apthorp (1927-2016): Leader, Trustee, Advocate, and Benefactor Sometimes in the life of an organization there are people and families who play a crucial role at pivotal times and, thus, enable the organization not only to sustain itself and survive, but to grow, develop, diversify, and blossom.  Elsie Apthorp and earlier branches and generations ofContinue Reading

What’s Your Spark?

This morning, seventeen members of the Perkins Senior Leadership Team met to review our strategic planning process along with other agenda items. Perkins Chief Executive Officer, Michael W. Ames, started the meeting with a question to the group – “What’s Your Spark?” Here are some of the responses from our agency leaders: “The opportunity to collaborate withContinue Reading

Perkins Pays Tribute to Mr. Edward Barlow

Perkins is sad to report the loss of a community member, a supporter and a friend. Edward Barlow, 93, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016. Barlow was the proprietor of the Werber & Rose Co. in Clinton, MA and the Werber & Rose Co. in Milford, MA. He generously donated the Clinton store toContinue Reading

Hope and Connection Forge Success

 “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words or never sings at all.”  – Emily Dickinson Social work awareness month occurs yearly in March in recognition of people that have chosen to help others through trying times. For social workers, dealing with crises is anContinue Reading


Perkins is pleased to announce its upcoming 13th Annual Golf Tournament to be held at the Sterling National Country Club on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Central Massachusetts community bank, Clinton Savings Bank, has signed on again to support Perkins as their Premiere Sponsor. Robert J. Paulhus, Jr., President and CEO of Clinton Savings Bank stated,Continue Reading

Experiential Learning Brings Literacy to Life

When kids view writing as a chore, some resist at every turn. Add a horse, a sheep or a rabbit to the experiential process that writing is intended to be, and suddenly the floodgates of students’ minds expand and the words pour out. Such has been the case with many of Perkins students. Thanks toContinue Reading

Perkins Debate Team Addresses Difficult Topics

The Perkins debate team met last Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether or not enhanced interrogation techniques are effective and should be allowed for use with enemy combatants. Each week the group is given four or five resolutions to choose from, and then debates the favored topic among the group members. This week they choose interrogationContinue Reading

Michael Ames Settles in as New Chief Executive Officer

On Friday, February 5, 2016, The Item included this great front-page article on Michael Ames, Chief Executive Officer at Perkins. ENJOY THE ARTICLE