NEF’s Trivia Night raises $9,000; launches Chromebook campaign

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Team Nerds with Friends took first place in NEF’s Team Trivia night. Team members Peter Olson, Leigh King, Linda Broderick and Lorie Caldicott are staff members from Lincoln Street School.
Team Nerds with Friends took first place in NEF’s Team Trivia night. Team members Peter Olson, Leigh King, Linda Broderick and Lorie Caldicott are staff members from Lincoln Street School.

Northborough – Forty-eight teams matched wits at the Northborough Education Foundation’s (NEF) seventh annual Team Trivia Night April 1 which raised $9,000. It was also the kickoff to a new Chromebook for Classroom campaign.

The Trivia Night was a battle through five rounds with 10 questions per round. Questions included history, politics, pop culture, science, Northborough history, and sports. The top three scores were extremely close with the winning team Nerds with Friends scoring 85 points. 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 the Marguerite E. Peaslee School

The event was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Westborough and was made possible by event sponsors Marlborough Savings Bank, St. Mary’s Credit Union and Realtor Karen Scopetski and event supporters Metrowest Oral Surgical Associates and Haven Restoration.

The panel of judges included John Coderre, Tom Lowe, Beverly Mulkey, Laure LeBrecque, Margaret Donohoe and Rep. Harold Naughton Jr., D-Clinton.

Real Housewives of Northboro 1766 won best costume. The team is comprised of Marguerite E. Peaslee School teachers Claire Kelsey, Melinda Kement, Nancy Kellner, and Colleen Griffin. (Photos/Sue Ogar)
Real Housewives of Northboro 1766 won best costume. The team is comprised of Marguerite E. Peaslee School teachers Claire Kelsey, Melinda Kement, Nancy Kellner, and Colleen Griffin. (Photos/Sue Ogar)

In addition, a silent auction, live auction, and 50/50 raffle aided in the success of this annual event.

NEF launched their 15-month Chromebook for Classrooms campaign between trivia rounds and more than $8,000 was raised through a live auction. The campaign was introduced with a special video created by Northborough students and staff. The goal of the campaign is to provide the Northborough school district with additional devices to allow greater access by all students and classrooms. This will also ensure that Northborough meets the technology literacy standards set by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is to fund the purchase of at least 200 Chromebooks by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

More information about the Chromebook campaign, including the video, and other upcoming NEF events can be found at www.northboroughed.org.

NEF is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the 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 budgets. It awarded $26,000 in grant funds in 2015.

All qualifying donations are tax-deductible and can be mailed to Northborough Education Foundation, PO Box 1094, Northborough, MA 01532 or donations can be made online at www.northboroughed.org.