Enrichment programs are the heart of the PTO and when you make your annual giving donation to the PTO, 100% of your contribution goes directly to enrichment programming. Each year, every grade and the specials (art, music, science, technology, health & wellness) are allocated roughly $4,000 that teachers may spend on bringing in programming that supplements the existing in class curriculum.

Some programs are perennial favorites such as Kite Making with Archie Stewart in Kindergarten where students learn the basics of kite flying ("if the wind is in your face, you're in the wrong place"), observe how kites fly even when there is no wind simply by creating air flow from motion, and make their own kites, and the much loved 4th grade residency with Nikki and Guy that exposes students to all aspects of creating a musical program and performing in front of an audience with a deep social and emotional connection to a meaningful topic.


Students were also treated to exciting new programs like the one by Egyptian-American artist, Karim Nagi. Karim, a drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer introduced students to Arab dance and music in a high-energy performance featuring exciting traditional dances, and soulful folk music played on a variety of traditional instruments. He used authentic costumes, maps, Arabic language, lots of audience participation, and humor, as he enlightened his audience about a captivating world beyond the headlines. This program was proposed by Smith music teacher Blake Siskavich in an ongoing effort to expose students to musical traditions from around the world.

We hope not only that your student loves these opportunities for unique and exciting learning, but that you as a parent or caregiver find value in what these programs offer. The PTO is deeply grateful for the continued support of people like you with your time, talent, and financial contributions.

Below is a snapshot of a few PTO enrichment programs enjoyed by our students in the past year:


  • Kite Making with Archie Stewart

  • Miko Imai, visiting author/illustrator

  • Lincoln Garden Club Pizza Garden

  • Discovery Museum weather program

  • Museum of Fine Arts program


Grade 1

  • Ted Scheu, visiting poet

  • Wheelock Theater field trip

  • Drumlin Farm bird presentation


Grade 2

  • Drumlin Farm visit

  • Ted Scheu, visiting poet

  • Rosalita’s Puppets, visiting puppeteer

  • Ben Franklin presentation


Grade 3

  • Historic New England/Colonial Craftsmen

  • Discovery Museum weather program

  • Museum of Science Animal Adaptations program

  • Lincoln Garden Club Pumpkin Exploration


Grade 4

  • Nikki and Guy dance program, artists in residence

  • Lyn Hoopes, poet in residence

  • Myth Masters

Grade 5

  • Bay Colony Educators

  • Techsploration program

  • Theater Espresso

  • Royall House program


Grade 6

  • Peabody Essex Museum field trip

  • Museum of Science visit and Duck Boat trip

  • Model UN


Grade 7

  • Wingmasters Birds of Prey presentation

  • Our Story field trip

  • South Sudanese guest speaker

  • Joppa Flats field trip

  • John Young, marathoner


Grade 8

  • Engineers Teaching Algebra

  • Sojourner Truth performance

  • French class MFA field trip



  • Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos musical performance

  • Oaxacan weaver presentation

  • Karim Nagi performance

  • Eyes on Owls program

  • Shakespeare to Hip Hop performance

  • Sylvia Gutmann, holocaust survivor presentation

Did you know…


*The PTO spends between $35K and  $40,000 dollars  each year on Enrichment Programs. Every child in every grade will partake in enrichment programs.


*Family and caregiver contributions fund all enrichment programs for the current year and dictate what programs we are able to provide in that school year (that’s why we encourage donations to be made as early in the school year as possible!) While the suggested donation remains $100 per child, any dollar amount is appreciated as participation numbers help generate support from our community partners.


*Many enrichment programs are open to parents and caregivers. Throughout the school year, be on the lookout for emails from your room parents and grade reps informing you of upcoming events and open programs!


*In addition to financial contributions there are many opportunities to support the enrichment program and we would love your help! Please send a message to ptochair@lpto.org if you would like to learn more about helping out!

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