Northborough Education Foundation

In Support of Our Schools

Northborough Education Foundation - In Support of Our Schools

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!



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 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

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


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





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


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.


3rd Annual Mother/Daughter Princess Tea – May 9

CinderellaNEF invites you to its 3rd annual Mother/Daughter Princess Tea to be held on Saturday, May 9 from 2 pm – 4 pm at Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett St, Northborough.

Appearances by Elsa and Cinderella are scheduled so be sure to bring a camera and wear your princess attire.

More info and the reservation link can be found here.


Silent Auction!

Check out the auction items that will be up for bid at this year’s Team Trivia Night!

#1. Signed Julian Edelman Jersey

Your chance to own a piece of Patriots history! Full size blue jersey autographed by one of the stars of SuperBowl XLIX.

value: $500 | starting bid: $275 | minimum raise: $25


#2. One year membership to the California Wine Club

Discover artisan wines handcrafted by small California wineries that produce in such limited quantities that their wines can’t be found in local stores. Each month you will be introduced to a different winery, and receive: 2 handcrafted, award-winning wines, plus a guide to the winery and wines—delivered right to your doorstep.

value: $600 | starting bid: $200 | minimum raise: $25


#3. Design and Name Your Own Ice Cream Flavor at Trombetta’s

Work with the head ice cream maker at Trombetta’s to design your own flavor for the 2015 summer season—then choose just the right name for it. Receive 2 complimentary quarts of your custom ice cream (plus hot fudge and sprinkles!). Your flavor will be added to the Special Flavors Menu — the length of time it lasts there will depend on how successful it is!

value: priceless | starting bid: $40 | minimum raise: $20


#4. Dinner Party for 8

Enjoy a dinner party in your own home without any of the effort! Chef du Jour catering will come to your house to prepare your dinner party for 8! Includes 4 bottles of wine and a Wegman’s Gift Card for $100. (Additional grocery expenses will be at winner’s expense.)

value: $425 | starting bid: $100 | minimum raise: $25

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Introducing NEF Golden Apples

GoldenAppleSampleClassroom teachers, assistants, specialists, librarians, office staff, nurses, special educators. So many staff members in the Northborough Public Schools make a difference in your child’s learning experience.

Northborough Education Foundation (NEF) has launched its Golden Apple Program. Anyone wishing to honor and to show appreciation to any staff member can do so during the holidays or anytime throughout the year with a customized Golden Apple Certificate. Learn more.