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ESPERANZA ACADEMY is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. Esperanza's mission is to inspire its students to become active learners and responsible global citizens. We empower and prepare our girls to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.

The school is 100% privately funded and relies on the generosity of its donors.

Esperanza Academy Fields Racing Team for Boston Marathon

Esperanza Academy Team Runs Boston Targets $20K-Fundraising Goal

Marathon running is a feat of extraordinary mental and physical endurance, and one that takes on an elevated purpose when a runner connects her run to a compelling cause. Three runners—Susan Trout Nichols, Caroline Moore, and Nicie Panetta—are racing in the Boston Marathon as Esperanza Academy Team Runs Boston through the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program to promote and raise funds for Esperanza Academy.

Esperanza Academy Team Runs Boston's goal is to raise $20,000 for the school, which is tuition-free and 100% privately funded. To support Esperanza Academy Team Runs Boston, please join us for one of our fundraising events listed below or sponsor the team or its individual team members, please CLICK HERE

Team runner Caroline Moore, a senior at Bowdoin College who hails from Manchester, Mass., came across Esperanza Academy Team Runs Boston while scrolling through the John Hancock Boston Marathon website. She said decided she wanted to link her first-ever marathon with Esperanza Academy because she “understands and recognizes the power of an education as a tool for transformation, growth, and establishing a strong sense of self.”

“The academic, social, and spiritual guidance girls receive at Esperanza will stay with them throughout their lives,” says Moore. “And I am excited and proud to be helping enable this.”

Susan Trout Nichols, an account Manager at Keys to Literacy (which provides literacy instruction development programs for educators) from Boxford, Mass., is well acquainted with Esperanza Academy because she has been involved with the school since its inception. Her husband, Jim, is a math teacher at the school.

“I want to run for Esperanza Academy because the school is amazing,” says Nichols, who is also running her first marathon. “I continue to be impressed by the commitment of the teachers, staff, and parents to improving the lives of the students by giving them a strong educational foundation.”

Nicie Panetta, a six-time marathoner from Manchester, Mass., who serves director of the Academy of American Poets and a trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy, was, because of the bombing, unable to complete last year’s Boston Marathon. Panetta, who says she always tries to run with “gratitude and joy,” also found out about Esperanza Academy Team Runs Boston from the John Hancock marathon website.

“I am inspired by the mission and impact of the school,” says Panetta. “I was fortunate to attend an all-girls Episcopal school for middle school and loved it.”


Wednesday, March 26, from 6–8 pm: Esperanza Academy Teams Runs Boston Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Esperanza Academy, 198 Garden Street. Join Esperanza Academy for a delectable event to help Esperanza’s three Boston Marathon runners raise funds for the school. This wine tasting will feature Greek/Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres provided by Whole Foods and specially selected wines provided by Shawsheen Liquors. Tickets are $25 per person. To register for the wine tasting, please CLICK HERE

Thursday, April 10th, 6-8 pm: Lace Up for Esperanza Academy Team Runs Boston Benefit at the Peabody Essex Museum. Lace up your sneakers and join EA Marathon team member Nicie Panetta and Erin Van Otterloo for this fun fundraiser at the Museum. Esperanza students will be on hand to greet guests and talk about Esperanza’s impact on their lives. $25 admission at the door.

Esperanza Academy is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races, and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. The school inspires students to become active learners and responsible global citizens.

John Hancock's Marathon Non-Profit Program donates guaranteed entry 'bibs'—the race numbers that runners would otherwise have to qualify for—to many area non-profit organizations. 2014 will mark the 29th year of John Hancock's landmark sponsorship of the legendary Boston Marathon. John Hancock's continued support of the Boston Athletic Association, which has directed the race since 1897, ensures the stability of the world's oldest annual marathon.There are over 1,000 runners and 100 organizations participating in this year's program.