In the Community
Pingree School fosters a positive and cooperative relationship with the towns of Hamilton and Wenham by opening our doors to local residents, town officials, and employees, and by making our fields and other facilities available to local groups. In addition, the school offers educational opportunities and service-related interactions and provides economic contributions. At Pingree we recognize our obligation as a “good neighbor” to share our campus and resources with the community at large.
We're proud to support local organizations by opening up our grounds and facilities for meetings, workshops, theater productions, athletic competitions, receptions, exhibitions, and staff development days. Each year, our playing fields are used by thousands of young athletes in youth tournaments and camps, and the Mary Weld Theater is available for lectures, symposiums, and performances.
Our Arts Department frequently hosts programs, concerts, and gallery exhibitions that are free and open to the public. The Bertolon Family Art Gallery mounts several shows each year and the two-month Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is one of the largest shows of its kind in New England. Our theater, dance, and musical productions offer family-friendly entertainment for all to enjoy.
Pingree collaborates with local residents to ensure that the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods is not adversely affected by the traffic patterns that are inherently part of a day school. We've worked cooperatively with the Hamilton Conservation Commission and the Essex County Trails Association to complete a beaver mitigation project needed to deter beavers from building dams that adversely affect both horse riding and cross country trails. In an effort to protect the Essex Watershed, only organic fertilizers are used on the school’s grounds and fields.