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Learning Academy Students Promote Literacy By Reading for the Record

Here's what you need to know today in Peabody.

Peabody Learning Academy student Eric Casavant reads "Otis" by Loren Long to students at the Welch School. Credit: Courtesy
Peabody Learning Academy student Eric Casavant reads "Otis" by Loren Long to students at the Welch School. Credit: Courtesy
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 9. Here are five things to know today in Peabody.

  1. Reading for the record: Students at the Peabody Learning Academy again participated in the nationwide Read for the Record effort Oct. 3 by reading a book to some of their younger peers. PLA Director Seith Bedard says Read for the Record is considered to be the country's largest single-day shared reading experience. This year, the Pearson Foundation, a sponsor for the initiative, provided 30 copies of the book "Otis" by Loren Long, which PLA students took with them to read to first- and second-graders in their classrooms. After reading "Otis," the PLA students donated their copies of the books to each class.
  2. There's a free flu clinic hosted by the Health Department at Peabody City Hall Thursday from 3-6 p.m.
  3. Superintendent Joe Mastrocola is holding another informal "fireside chat" in the Kiley School gym Thursday (9:30 a.m.) for anyone interested in talking about education in the Peabody Public Schools.
  4. The City Council meets Thursday at City Hall. First up is the Industrial & Community Development Committee at 6 p.m. with more discussion on billboards, followed by the Public Services Committee (6:45 p.m.) to discuss water breaks on Gardner Street and the Finance Committee at 7:15 p.m. prior to the regular session at 7:30 p.m. Councilors will be discussing, among other items, a request from Mayor Ted Bettencourt to purchase the building at 16-20 Lowell St. for $180,000.
  5. The annual college fair hosted by the Guidance Department at PVMHS is Thursday (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and will include 140 representatives from universities, colleges, technical and vocational schools, the Armed Forces and others. Students and parents will have an opportunity to speak with the various representatives and get information on the college application process, admissions testing requirements and financial aid. Students and parents from surrounding communities are welcome to attend.
  6. St. John the Baptist School is holding an open house on Oct. 16. More details here.

Make sure to check our local events calendar and boards section for even more happenings around Peabody.

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