Northborough Education Foundation

In Support of Our Schools

Northborough Education Foundation - In Support of Our Schools

2016 grant ceremony awards $38,400 to schools

NEF President Marile Borden, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Peaslee Teacher Lisa Miranda, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush

Awarding grant for Imagination Playground. (left to right: NEF President Marile Borden, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Peaslee Teacher Lisa Miranda, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush)(photo by Sue Ogar)

NEF awarded $38,400 in funds to 14 grant recipients during a special ceremony held at the Northborough Free Library on Sept. 13.

The descriptions of each grant award and photos of the recipients can be found here.

Applefest Gala raises $15K for NEF grants


The popular mystery baskets were back this year for the Gala containing items from Northborough local businesses. Two even contained Amazon Echos.


Over 300 guests attended the sold out second annual Applefest Gala, which was held on Sept. 16, 2016 at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough. Proceeds of almost $15,000 will help to fund grants for Northborough public schools.
The event Cocktails and Dancing under the Stars highlight was the 7-piece Western MA band Fever, which kept the dance floor packed all night. The popular mystery baskets returned this year containing items from Northborough local businesses. Two baskets contained Amazon Echos. In addition a silent auction was held and a raffle for a diamond necklace donated by J Briggs & Company, a local custom jeweler designer.

The Gala was hosted by Northborough Education Foundation (NEF) and Northboro Local First (NLF). Its focus was community building, promoting local business and raising funds for Northborough public schools.
NEF President and member of NLF Marile Borden said the idea of an Applefest Gala was born over coffee as the two organizations met to discuss how they could work together.

“Thanks to an amazing committee of dedicated and hard-working women from both organizations,” said Borden, “it has turned into more than we could have ever hoped or imagined it would be in just two years.”

Tickets for the Gala sold out in just one week this year.

“It’s a testament how positively the community received the event,” said Borden. “We now have an additional $15,000 to fulfill grant requests from the remarkable teachers and administrators in our town.”

NEF funds grants each year to improve curriculum, programs and services above and beyond the level supported by the annual school budget. It was able to award $38,400 in grants in 2016. It also kicked off a 15 month Chromebook Campaign in the spring with a goal of $50,000. To date, that campaign has raised $13,500.

NLF is a collaborative effort by local, independent small business owners, community members, nonprofit organizations and all stakeholders of the Northborough community to help build & maintain a vibrant local economy.

2016 Applefest Gala is SOLD OUT

Thank you to all of you who jumped at the chance to buy your tickets! We are looking forward to seeing you in September!

If you did not get tickets, be sure to add yourself to our Wait List. If weather permits, we may release additional tickets the week of the event.

Visit to be added to the Wait List.
If you have tickets that you cannot use and would like to donate them back to NEF (no refunds will be given) please email us at

Celebrate a teacher with a Golden Apple

Golden Apple end of year

The end of the school year is a great time to say thanks to a teacher or staff member who truly has made a difference for your child. A Golden Apple certificate is an easy, no stress way to do that and we even give you the option to add a $5 gift card to Target or Dunkin Donuts for a special touch.

Graduating or moving up to another school in the fall? Before leaving your current school, think of those staff members who have made a positive impact over the years.

Each Golden Apple is tax-deductible and helps NEF raise funds for grants for our schools.  Click here to order yours on line now.  Deadline is Monday, June 13, 2016 to ensure delivery before the last day of school.

Princesses help to raise $7,000

Princess Tea 2 Princess Tea 1

Moms and grandmothers joined 104 little princesses for a sold out tea party sponsored by Northborough Education Foundation on May 7, 2016, which was held at Algonquin Regional High School. The annual event is one of the biggest fundraisers for NEF and raised $7,000.

Entertainment included performances by two dance teams from Diane Cournoyer Dance Center and the girls had the opportunity to meet, dance, and sing with special guests Ariel and Rapunzel. Nail painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt rounded out the afternoon for the girls and the moms took their chances on raffle items.

Metrowest Oral Surgical Associates was the event sponsor.

Order Teacher Appreciation Week Golden Apples by May 1


Teacher Appreciation week is May 2-6, 2016. Honor that special staff member in your child’s life with a Golden Apple accompanied with a beautiful potted plant. Certificates and plants will be delivered on May 5 and May 6. For more information on the program, click here or  order on line no later than May 1 to ensure delivery.  All donations will help NEF award academic grants for school initiatives that fall outside the realm of the annual school budget.

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.