Northborough Education Foundation

In Support of Our Schools

Northborough Education Foundation - In Support of Our Schools

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.”!


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

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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

More questions? Ready to become a host?


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.