Educational Enrichment

Educational Enrichment is the biggest focus area for our PTO and consists of a large portion of our annual budget. Each year the educational enrichment committee, which includes dedicated parents and teachers working together, create enrichment opportunities that enhance our children’s learning experiences and “bring to life” the core curriculum in the classrooms.  The PTO funds $25,000 annually for educational enrichment activities for all of our Nixon students.  Focus is placed on grade-based and all school programs to enhance cultural  arts, science, and many authors in residence.  


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Here are the activities that we have provided our students in the past: 



All School

  • Artist in residence, Bren Bataclan.  Bren's school programs emphasize the power of kindness through art through all school assemblies where students  learn how to draw his characters and share ways to spread art and happiness throughout the school, community, and beyond.  Bren also used drawings from the 5th graders to create murals of the Nixon CARES core values that now hang in the Nixon School front hallway.
  • Square Dancing in Physical Education and Health classes!


  • Discovery Museum: Weather

  • The Art Works USA: Field trip to theaters (Pete the Cat, Henry & Mudge)

  • Discovery Museum: Force & Motion

  • Drumlin Farm: Hatching Out/Chickens & Eggs

  • Yoga

Grade 1

  • Discovery Museum: Light & Sound
  • Ellen Goethels: Explore the Ocean
  • Rhythm Kids: African Drumming
  • Kaji Aso Studio: Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Yoga

Grade 2

  • Rob Aptaker: Ways of the Wampanoag
  • Susan Thompson: Mexican Storyteller
  • Discovery Museum: Matter
  • Museum of Science: Animal Habitats

Grade 3

  • Suzy Kline: Author/Writing Workshop

  • Techsploration: Simple Machines

  • Drumlin Farms: Animal Adaptations

  • Lexington Symphony Orchestra: Orchestrating through music

Grade 4

  • Mark Peter Hughes: Author/Writing Workshop

  • Lowell National Historic Park: Immigration

  • Techsploration: Electricity

  • Museum of Science: Geology/Rock Detectives

  • Tui T. Sutherland: Author/Writing Workshop

Grade 5

  • Jacki Davies: Author/Writing Workshop

  • Museum of Science/Star Lab: Astronomy



If you could like to volunteer to participate in Educational Enrichment, please visit our Volunteer Central sign-up page! For questions, please email:

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