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Supporting Student Success

The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow. The Friends of Nantucket Public Schools is dedicated to providing our young people with the tools they need for success. Our outreach endeavors include many programs designed to support children in getting the most out of their educational experience. We proudly support the Nantucket Public School community.

Mission Statement:

The Friends of Nantucket Public Schools is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose purpose is to promote quality education for the children of Nantucket’s public schools through fundraising efforts, community events and enrichment opportunities. As Nantucket’s premier Parent Teacher Organization, FONPS strives to put its efforts towards serving the greatest needs within our school community, in addition to offering unique opportunities to our students not otherwise offered through the school system. We strive to be creative when it comes to meeting the needs of Nantucket’s public schools. We are inclusive of all the students, parents and staff within the Nantucket school community.


The FONPS board develops goals and strategies annually, which always include fundraising events and initiatives. The events are listed on the 'Our Events' page and these events continue to change and develop annually. The money raised at these events allows FONPS to contribute funds towards staff initiated needs, school materials, enrichment events and grants and scholarships. The volunteers who carry out our programs are the the backbone of this organization.

Our History:

Started in the early 1980’s by Charron “Corky” Ranney, a mother of five and a new arrival to life on Nantucket, FONPS has been serving the needs of the Nantucket Public Schools for over 30 years. In that time, the FONPS board has shifted and changed along with the needs of the schools. The FONPS original slogan “More than a PTA” sums up the belief that the organization is willing to meet the changing needs within our school system.

The Friends of Nantucket Public Schools Board of Directors, 2018-2019

The Board meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6PM in Room 104B of Nantucket High School (located at 10 Surfside Road).

Executive Board:

  • Presidents Advisor Eleanor Antonietti
  • President NES/NIS Gina Heneke
  • President CPS/NHS Elizabeth Sullivan
  • Vice President, Heather Woodbury
  • Treasurer, Nan Gilch
  • Sarah Bois, Community Liaison
  • Kathleen Stover, Secretary

Community Reps

  • Patricia Harding
  • Ann Maury

Board Members:

  • Sue Bellanger
  • Kristen Dussault
  • Suzanne Fronzuto
  • Stephany Hunter
  • Stacy Muise
  • Laurie Richards
  • Regina Zinser

NPS Teachers on the Board:

  • Emily Clarkson 
  • Tracy Mailloux 
  • Jennifer Lewis 
  • Janet Giles
  • Kathy Adams
  • Nicole Gross
  • Darren Lucas
  • Susan Grant
  • Kathryn Linnell

Administrative Assistant:

Janis Carreiro


Throughout the year we host many community events. Contact us at 508-332-9906 or email us at

Our meetings are open to the public- please join us!
FONPS meets the second Wednesday of every month in Room 104B at NHS.