Peabody foundation to host Giving Tuesday/ Winterfest on Nov. 28

Peabody Community Foundation and Peabody-Burns High School will host the second annual Giving Tuesday/Winterfest Nov. 28, at the high school.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a soup supper and displays from local charities, and conclude with the Winterfest Program at 7 p.m. with entertainment by the winter sports teams, cheerleaders and pep band.

Giving opportunities have been organized for Tuesdays Nov. 7, 14 and 21, when high school students and Peabody residents are encouraged to participate in designated themes.

In lieu of classes, high school students will be offering community service on these Tuesday afternoons.

Scott Kimble, USD 398 Middle School/High School principal, had the idea to involve students. Ann Leppke, high school science teacher is coordinating student service projects.

“It’s a win-win when our students get out in the community,” Leppke said. “The students learn an ethic of service and the community benefits from their energetic visits and the work they accomplish.”

The students are currently scheduled to work at the senior center, the Historical Society and city parks, she added.

Themes for the Tuesdays prior to “Giving Tuesday” are:

• Nov. 7: “Be Neighborly,” when participants are encouraged to rake leaves, visit, babysit or do something else kind for a neighbor.

• Nov. 14: “Community Food Drive,” with collection boxes for non-perishable items located at Peabody Market, senior center, Vintage Bank and the school buildings.

• Nov. 21: “Care Facility Shower,” when participants are encouraged to donate games, coloring books and markers/pencils, blank greeting cards and stamps. Collection will be at the same locations as the food drive. All donated items will remain in the Peabody community.

“Giving Tuesday” is a global day dedicated to giving back. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, charities, families, businesses and students in communities around the world will come together for the common purpose of celebrating generosity.

Peabody Community Foundation is an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation. For mor information, contact PCF at or Ann Leppke at PBHS, 620-983-2196.