Northborough – The Northborough Education Foundation (NEF) is gearing up for its second annual Quiz Night, a fund-raiser, to be held at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston Friday, April 1, to benefit Northborough Public Schools.
Quiz Night participants compete in teams of four to answer questions from a range of categories including sports, history, entertainment and local Northborough trivia. The event consists of six rounds with 10 questions of varying point values in each segment. At the conclusion of each round, teams submit their answers to the judges and the scores are updated.
A total of 13 teams, which were composed primarily of adults, competed last year. Groups are encouraged to dress in costume and the winner of the best “outfit” receives a prize. Last year's winners and defending champions are the team “Confidentially Incorrect.”
In total, the NEF raised over $2,000 last year. Organizers offer a chance to sponsor a question at $50 a piece and their goal this time is to double the amount of sponsors.
The contest is very relaxed, as groups sit at tables in teams to answer questions. NEF President John Kane said that the participants last year were very enthusiastic.
“It's a good night for the community to get together to have some fun and raise money that will benefit the schools of Northborough,” he said.
As word has spread about Quiz Night, Kane hopes that it will become a signature event during the school year.
Residents are encouraged to participate or even just come and watch. If an individual is interested in getting involved, it is possible to be placed on a team by contacting the NEF.
Proceeds from this event are allocated to various educational programs that are proposed through grant requests. Most proposals are submitted by teachers, but any town resident is eligible to apply.
The goal of the NEF is to support educational programs by distributing grants. Most recently they have provided funding for two programs: “Band-o-Rama,” an opportunity for elementary and middle school-aged musicians to play music with the Algonquin Regional High School Wind Ensemble; and the Northborough Library's summer reading program. NEF Treasurer Julie Leonard said that in the future, the group is looking to collaborate with school principals and the Parent Teacher Organizations to share funding on projects. The NEF has also funded the Northborough/ Southborough Children's Book Award, which is organized by the Northborough Library and elementary school librarians to motivate children to read.
The NEF is always looking for new members to attend meetings, review grant proposals and give feedback about local projects.
For more information on the NEF and to access the grant applications and Quiz Night registration forms, visit the website at www.northboroughed.org/index.html.