Northborough Education Foundation

In Support of Our Schools

Northborough Education Foundation - In Support of Our Schools

Team Trivia Night 2017 Announced

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Time to brush up on your trivia. The annual NEF Team Trivia Night will be held on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at the Doubletree, 5400 Computer Drive in Westborough. Doors open at 7 pm and first question is at 7:30 pm.

Register before March 24th at the early bird cost of $140 per team. After this date, the cost will increase to $160/team. Spectators are welcome with a $10 suggested donation at the door.

Click here for complete details, or

Register online today!

All proceeds will benefit NEF. Your entry fee is a tax-deductible contribution to NEF, a registered 501(c)3 organization.

 

 

 

Staples supports NEF’s Chromebooks for Classrooms campaign

The Northborough Education Foundation has been awarded $5,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year. The grant was awarded at the recommendation of NEF Secretary Dawn Palma and NEF supporter Amuna Biondi, , both Staples, Inc. employees. The donation was earmarked for NEF’s Chromebooks for Classrooms campaign, which was kicked off in April 2016.

In addition to a few anonymous donations and the generosity of the community, the Staples Foundation grant has helped NEF to reach its goal of funding 200 new Chromebooks by the end of this school year.

“But that doesn’t mean we’re turning off the switch,” said NEF president Marile Borden. “Two hundred was a goal, but we would be thrilled to surpass that and help supply the District with even more needed devices.”

NEF will continue to accept donations at www.northboroughed.org/chromebooks through June 2017.

Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising.

Additional information on the Staples Foundation can be found at www.staples.com/community.

First Annual NEF Gala Jr. is in the Books!

This past Saturday brought the start of a new NEF tradition—the “Gala Jr.”, a sweetheart dance designed for kids 0-12 and their favorite grown-ups. The Algonquin Cafeteria was almost unrecognizable, awash in pink and red balloons (courtesy of Balloons All Over), tulle and sparkly twinkle lights. Nearly 200 kids donned their favorite party attire, plus special keepsake corsages or boutonnieres, and delighted in music, games, and delicious hors d’oeuvres and treats which were generously donated by Sir Loin’s Catering, and MaryEllen Smith. The event raised well over $4000 in support of NEF grants for education.

Thanks to Susan Ogar Photography for these wonderful photos:

Introducing “Gala Jr.”!

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NEF is very excited to bring “Gala Jr.” to Northborough and surrounding communities! A mini version of our annual adults-only Gala, this special sweetheart dance is designed for our younger set (12 and under) and their favorite grown-ups.

The event will be held at Algonquin Regional High School on Saturday, February 11th. There will be two time slots — 4:30-6:00 PM and 6:30-8:00 PM. The earlier time slot will be tailored to guests ages 6 and under and their partners, while the later slot will be tailored to guests 7-12 and their “dates.” (Note: the age ranges are recommendations only. Guests should feel free to choose the time slot or slots that work best for their family. Children may be accompanied by as many adults as they wish!)

The event will feature dancing and games with a DJ, plus special hors d’oeuvres and sweets (generously provided by Sir Loin’s Catering of Northborough), a Selfie Station, raffles and more!

Tickets are $15 per person. One adult ticket can be used for both time slots. Special keepsake corsages are available to girls (and Moms) at $10 each, and boutonnières for boys (and Dads!) at $6 each.

Tickets are available online at galajr.eventbrite.com

Questions? Email info@northboroughed.org

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Introducing NEF Evenings for Education

Calling all party-throwers…
Host a fun social gathering with friends, and help put Chromebooks in our Classrooms!

What is an Evening for Education?

An NEF Evening for Education is a party (or other social gathering) hosted by a friend or supporter of NEF in support of our Chromebooks for Classrooms Campaign.

What kind of party is it?

Any kind of party (big or small) that you desire! In fact, it doesn’t even need to be in the evening! A holiday Open House, a small dinner party with your nearest and dearest, a neighborhood block party, a SuperBowl tailgate, a St. Patrick’s Day kegger, or an exclusive cooking class or wine tasting—we leave the party planning up to you.

Who attends the parties?

As a host, you would invite your own guests—friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, people you meet in the grocery store—whomever you choose!

Does NEF publicize the parties?

No. This is your private party, so we leave it to you to get the word out in any way you choose.

Does it have to be a certain day or time?

Absolutely not! Our only request is that you host your party before June 30th, 2017 when our Chromebooks for Classrooms Campaign will end.

What does NEF supply?

• a $50 Wegmans Gift Card to help defray the cost of refreshments

• wording for your invitation that explains the Chromebooks for Classrooms campaign

• a kit full of informational materials about NEF and the Chromebooks for Classrooms Campaign

• the opportunity (with advanced notice) to have an NEF representative stop by your party to talk about our initiatives

How does my party put Chromebooks in Classrooms?

It is our hope that your party will help to raise awareness and funds in support of the NEF Chromebook Campaign. How you handle the fundraising is also up to you. Maybe you charge a per head fee to attend the party. Maybe you ask guests to bring a donation in lieu of a side dish or bottle of wine. Maybe you include some type of fundraising game, raffle or contest. Whatever makes you comfortable. We appreciate donations of all sizes!

Why do our Classrooms need Chromebooks?

Over the past several years, NEF’s grant committee has seen a dramatic increase in requests for technology to help meet the simple demands of everyday classroom needs. In fact, the committee has seen a significant decline in more creative and “outside-the-box” types of requests, because our schools have had to make a decision to prioritize their technology needs.

Despite a consistent and significant investment in technology each year, the Northborough School District has not been able to meet the state recommended 1-to-1 device to student ratio at a quick enough pace, falling over 600 devices short in our K-8 schools alone. What’s more, nearly 2000 of the town’s existing devices will age out in the next 12 months, at a replacement cost of $500,000.

In order to help meet these technology needs, NEF has undertaken a special initiative dedicated to raising $50,000 for the purchase of 200 new Google Chromebooks by the end of the 2016-17 school year.

For more information on the campaign—and the benefits of Google Chromebooks in the classroom—visit www.northboroughed.org/chromebooks

More questions? Ready to become a host?

Email info@northboroughed.org

Team Trivia Night 2016

Forty-eight teams matched wits at NEF’s 7th annual Team Trivia Night held on April 1, which resulted in raising $9,000 in profit.

The top three scores were extremely close with the winning team Nerds with Friends scoring 85 points. The team consisted of Lincoln Street School staff members Peter Olson, Leigh King, Linda Broderick, and Lorie Caldicott. The Cul de Sacks team came in second place with 83 points and tied for third place was Team America: Most Best at Winning and The GoodFellas with 82 points.

The best costume award went to team Real Housewives of Northboro 1766, comprised of staff members from Marguerite E. Peaslee School

The panel of judges included John Coderre, Tom Lowe, Beverly Mulkey, Laure LeBrecque, Margaret Donohoe, and Rep. Harold Naughton.

 

 

NEF Funds over $26,000 in Grants

Superintendent of Schools Christine Johnson

Superintendent of Schools Christine Johnson

NEF awarded over $26,000 in funds to 15 grant recipients during a special ceremony held at the Northborough Free Library on Sept. 15.

Superintendent of Schools Christine Johnson thanked NEF and noted her appreciation for teachers and staff who went the extra mile to seize the opportunity to write and submit a grant and to continue to put the kids first.

NEF President Marile Borden communicated her thanks to NEF’s corporate sponsors as well as to the community and schools who have supported the numerous fundraisers throughout the year including the Golden Apple Appreciation Awards, Trivia Night, Mother/Daughter Princess Tea, Northborough Local First Ladies Night Out, and the Applefest Gala. This support enabled NEF to approve to fully or partially fund 15 grants.

Descriptions of the 15 grants that were approved can be found here.  (Event photos were taken but Sue Ogar.)

Gala Waitlist

Thanks to a spectacular weather forecast, we were able to make more tickets available and release the people on the Applefest Gala waitlist. At this time, we are shutting down the waitlist and no longer issuing ticket refunds. The committee is busy at work putting the final touches together… can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

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