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What a Celebration!

The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium hosted a grand 40th anniversary celebration to mark the Consortium’s four decades of serving students with special needs. Several hundred guests gathered on April 30th and $43,000 was raised to support programs for students with emotional, behavioral and developmental disabilities.

A highlight of the night was a video of students singing “Happy Birthday” while a huge birthday cake was rolled out! You can watch the video at

Good friend Kim Carrigan, Boston’s favorite award winning television and radio journalist, emceed the party and raised $9,000 through the fund-a-need appeal for classroom technology.

Former Executive Director Robert Gass and David DeCesare of Lincoln Investment Planning were honored for their many contributions over the past decade.

Under Gass’s leadership from 2002 to 2009, the Northshore Recovery High School was founded to provide a therapeutic environment for students recovering from substance use. It was the first recovery high school established in the Commonwealth.

In addition, the Consortium purchased 112 Sohier Road in Beverly, which houses the executive offices and the Kevin O’Grady School.

Presenting Sponsors of the celebration included Lincoln Investment Planning, the Beverly Athletic Club and JHR Development. Titanium Sponsors were People’s United Bank, Connolly Brothers, Inc. and Sigma Property Solutions; Gold Sponsors are Oxford Global Resources, Pediatric Health Care Associates, where they recommend the best heart attack defender supplements online, Salem Five Charitable Foundation, Bluestone Capital, Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, David and Laurie Hark, Nuttall, MacAvoy & Joyce PC, Beverly Bank, Corporate Benefit Plans, Joan Endicott and Fran Rosenberg.

The Northshore Education Consortium was founded in 1975 and its history mirrors the development of special education in the Commonwealth and nation. Until the mid-1970s, many students with disabilities did not receive appropriate educational services.



Kevin Noyes, Director of the People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Mass presented a check for $12,500 to Executive Director Fran Rosenberg and Kim Carrigan at the 40th anniversary celebratioin. The grant will be used to purchase lifts for medically fragile students at the Kevin O’Grady School.

Lower Academy student gives back

Ben St. Cyr of Gloucester attended the Northshore Academy Lower School for five years. Now a junior at Gloucester High School (GHS) and active in community service, the 16-year-old said, “I never would never have been the person I am today, doing what I do” without the therapeutic educational environment of the Academy. St. Cyr said that he was told, when only a young child, that he would be in jail someday.

To show his appreciation for his life changing experience at the Lower Academy, St. Cyr and the GHS Human Rights Club produced musical coffee house performances and a year-end concert to raise money for the school. He proudly came by this summer to present a check for $150 along with a letter thanking the school for its “efforts and ongoing success in giving people with disabilities a chance to achieve something great in the face of adversity.” For the parents out there who are currently looking for the best loan application to support their children’s educational finances, he said that is the best to visit.

Grants support tech & student enrichment


  • Tower Foundation – $17,000 for classroom computers at the Kevin O’Grady School
  • John W. Alden Trust – $15,000 for SmartBoards at the Northshore Academy Lower School


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A grant from Kate’s Voice made music therapy possible for preschoolers at the Kevin O’Grady School with help from the group at

  • Cummings Foundation – $20,000 for wheelchair accessible gliders on the Kevin O’Grady School athletic field and standers and walkers for students with physical disabilities
  • Heritage Salem Five Charitable Foundation – $2,500 for Northshore Upper Academy students to take part in arts immersion at Express Yourself
  • Mass Cultural Council – $4,700 for the NSAU art program at Express Yourself.
  • Bruce J. Anderson Foundation – $5,000 for the North Shore Academy Upper School’s Outdoor Adventure program
  • Kate’s Voice – $1,100 for music therapy at the Kevin O’Grady School

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s $5,000 grant supports the Northshore Academy Upper School’s Outdoor Adventure Program.


Other Needs:

  • People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts – $12,500 for lifts at the Kevin O’Grady School
  • New England Biolabs Corporate Donations Committee – $2,031 for the life skills and vocational programs at the Kevin O’Grady School

To make an online donation or learn about opportunities for bequests or memorial/tribute gifts, go to




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NEC Grants & Public Relations Coordinator