2015-2016 Grant Season is Open!


FMPS is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 grant cycle. Click here to find out more and access the online application form.

Did you know? Each year, Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools (FMPS) accepts grant applications from teachers, parents and community groups. This year we are on track to fund more than $100,000 to support programs that enrich curriculum and provide professional development.

Do you have a great idea? Do you have a concept for a new initiative? Could an existing program be supplemented or enhanced with additional funding? Consider filling out our simple, straightforward FMPS online grant application.

Want to get involved? This is the also the perfect time make a donation to FMPS to help us continue to fund grants that benefit students and teachers in all of the Marblehead Public Schools. Please click here to donate.



Thank you FMPS reindeer!

A big Thank You to our wonderful reindeer and FMPS board members, who braved the rain to pull the FMPS bus in the Christmas Walk Parade this year! It was great to see so many people along the route!

Thanks to the Farm Direct Coop for lending us their tent during the Christmas Tree Lighting. And thank you to Jay Pingree of Marblehead Graphics for printing our banner and name tags.

Nice job, Marblehead Chamber of Commerce, on another successful Christmas Walk!


FMPS Joins Chamber!


The Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools (FMPS) is proud to announce that we are now members of The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce. “Joining the Chamber allows us to forge relationships with other non-profits and local businesses,” says FMPS President Lillie Lombardi. “It also gives our mission–to fund grants that support curriculum enhancement for all Marblehead public school students–even greater exposure.”

Deb Payson, Chamber Executive Director, says non-profit groups like FMPS make up a very important segment of the town’s business community. “Our non-profits support our students, schools, and those in need – and as a Chamber member, we can help spread their message, raise funds and help them grow and become stronger.”

Since 1991, FMPS has awarded over $1.3 million in grants, and looks forward to another year of successful fundraising to award grants to more outstanding programs.

Look for the FMPS table at the Tree Lighting at the National Grand Bank parking lot on Friday, December 5 at 7pm, and at the Christmas Walk Parade on Saturday, December 6 at 11:45 am.


Way to go Fit Girls Run Club!

Over 400 runners gathered on Sunday, November 16 for the Fit Girls Full Hearts 5K, an event partially funded by Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools (FMPS). The Fit Girls was founded four years ago at Village School as a running and positive self-esteem group, and a key part of the program is training for and running a 5K, explained one of the Fit Girls coaches, Village School guidance counselor Mandy Murphy. The club participated in community races in years past, but “we thought organizing our own race would be a great opportunity for us to accomplish a few goals:  to have an in-town event for the program, to raise much-needed funds to continue to enhance and build the Fit Girls program without raising fees, and to increase the community awareness about the program,” said Murphy. Last spring, the Fit Girls Run Club applied for and were awarded a grant to hold their own 5K.


​“The race far exceeded our expectations,” said Murphy. “The feedback we got from the girls was incredibly rewarding for us to hear.  While many were excited about finishing the race for the first time or completing the 5k in their fastest time, most of the feedback was focused on how they valued the amazing support of their families, friends, volunteers, and community members who were out cheering along the course. They were also proud that the race gave us the opportunity to give back to the community through the donations for the Marblehead Food Pantry.”


The positive energy of the Fit Girls Run Club made the event more than a race: it was a community-bonding event as well. “The atmosphere was so positive and supportive,” said Murphy. “We expected to see family members join in, but not to the extent that we did. The turnout of teachers and school staff was exceptional, and the race was well supported from the local running community at large whose feedback was upbeat and thoughtful.  Many people who just came to run the race ended up running along side some of the Fit Girls to encourage them as they ran. The overall feeling of the event was definitely more about achieving goals and collaborative effort than winning.”

Murphy and the other Fit Girls coaches are grateful to FMPS for the grant. “The funds we received from the FMPS grant helped defray the upfront costs of organizing a race. They allowed us to provide scholarships and also pay for necessary expenses like insurance, supplies and registration costs without increasing the fees for participants. We are beyond excited to be able to hold this race annually and be self-sustaining because of the support FMPS gave to us.”


article by Michelle Abrams