Northborough Education Foundation

In Support of Our Schools

Northborough Education Foundation - In Support of Our Schools

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.

 

 

Team Trivia Night 2016 Announced

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Time to brush up on your trivia. The annual NEF Team Trivia Night will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Doubletree, 5400 Computer Drive in Westborough. Doors open at 7 pm and first question is at 7:30 pm.

Register before March 15 at the early bird cost of $140 per team. After this date, the cost will increase. Spectators are welcome with a $10 suggested donation at the door.

More information can be found here.

Register on-line now here or register using the mail in form.

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

 

 

 

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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Gala will kickoff Applefest 2015 weekend

GalaPoster15Northboro Local First and the Northborough Education Foundation invite you to join them for the first annual Applefest Gala—a night of cocktails and dancing under the stars. The event will be held at Juniper Hills Golf Course Pavilion on Friday, September 18, 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm.

Guests will enjoy a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres followed by dancing to live music provided by Jack’s Garage Band led by Jack Shanahan of Jack’s Guitar Garage in Northborough.

Tickets are $75/couple or $40/individual through August 15 and $50/person after that date. They can be purchased online at www.ApplefestGala.eventbrite.com or in person with cash or check made payable to NEF at Beezer’s (277 Main St., Northborough) or LalaJava (290 W. Main St., Northborough).

Cocktail attire is requested and a silent auction will be held.  All proceeds from the event will benefit NEF.

The Gala will kick off the annual Applefest weekend which is scheduled for September 18-20, 2015. Applefest is an anticipated community celebration that organizes fun family events all weekend including a parade, dessert bake off, 5K road race, apple pie café, street fair and car show.

Organizers of the Gala include Northboro Local First (NLF) and the Northborough Education Foundation (NEF).

Northboro Local First is a collaborative effort by local, independent small business owners, community members, nonprofit organizations and all stakeholders of the Northborough community to help build and maintain a vibrant and local economy in town. For more info, visit www.northborolocalfirst.org.

The Northborough Education Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides Northborough public schools and the community with resources necessary to improve curriculum, programs and services above and beyond the level supported by the annual school budget.  For more information on NEF, visit www.northboroughed.org.

 

School is almost out—time to thank a teacher with a NEF Golden Apple

 

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The end of the school year is fast approaching and parents often look for unique ways to recognize those educators and staff in the Northborough Public Schools who have made the biggest impact on their child’s time at school. This is especially true as students graduate or move on to another school.

Northborough Education Foundation (NEF) is offering its Golden Apple program for year-end delivery. The cost is $15 each or 5 for $50.  In addition, an option to add a $5 Dunkin Donuts or Target gift card to be delivered along with the Golden Apple will be available. To ensure delivery by June 22, please order no later than June 15.  Order here!

 

95 Little Princesses Help to Raise $6,000 for NEF

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What do you get when you have 95 young ladies, crafts, cupcakes, tea, dancing, and singing and then add Elsa and Cinderella? One big princess tea party!

NEF’s third Mother/Daughter Princess Tea was held on May 9 and provided an afternoon of fun including music by DJ Alex Uliasz, a scavenger hunt, beading, raffles and many photo opportunities.

The event raised $6,000 for NEF, which awards grants that provide unique educational programs that fall outside the realm of the annual school budget.

Event supporter Diane Cournoyer Dance Studio along with the following activity and raffle sponsors helped to make this special event a success:

Special Teas, Delectable Delights, Stop & Shop Speedway Plaza, Wegmans, Roche Brothers, Starbucks, Maryellen Smith, Aurora Exterior Painting,  BJ’s Wholesale Club, F3 Westborough, Heart & Stone, Westborough Orthbodontic Associates,  Beezers,  LifeCare Physical Therapy, HannaCo LLC, Discovery Museum, Jenny Boston, Just So Designs, L’Boutique, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, MGC, Museum of Science, Museum of Russian Icons, Nicholas Michaels Salon, MIT Museum, OtterBox, the Prinz Family, RedBox, the Seppa Family, T. Rose Karate, Tavern in the Square,  and Worcester EcoTarium.