Medway High School Teachers Win Annual Mfe Trivia Bee (Again) Contest Raises More Than $4,000 for School Programs
A team of Medway High School teachers once again won the “Medway Trivia Bee,” an annual team trivia contest sponsored by The Medway Foundation for Education (MFE), a non-profit, volunteer support organization for Medway Public Schools.
The winning teachers were sponsored by local law firm Kenney & Kenney. The team consisted of Andy Nassiff, Chris Borden, Karl Infanger, Eric Wolven, and Kevin Treggiari. The teachers competed with 12 other teams in this fun and competitive fundraising event. They were presented the winning trophy before a crowd of more than 80 people at the Memorial School on March 7th. This year’s event raised more than $4,000, which will be used later this year to fund teachers’ grant requests. The competition was strong this year, with several teams in close contention before the final round. In the top five were The Soccer Guys, a group of former Medway soccer coaches that have won the trophy in years past; Team Spilka (Senate President Karen Spilka’s Office team), the Medway High School Alumni Association, and the McGovern School Teachers (Peggy’s Ladies), a team sponsored by Needham Bank.
Participants were tested on their trivia knowledge with Master of Ceremonies Bob Verdolino providing a selection of songs where the lyrics, titles or artists provided some form of clue to each answer. Teams of up to six entered the competition by contributing a $300 tax-deductible team donation. Bob and his official scorekeeper and brother, Dave Verdolino, provided a fun, exciting atmosphere for this challenging trivia contest.
For example, just one team, thanks to participant and State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin), knew that “Instant Karma” by John Lennon was the song that competed for space on the charts in 1970 with the Beatles’ “Let it Be.”
Brian Gray, MFE’s volunteer President, said, “Our wonderful team sponsors, supporters and all of the team players made this another successful evening for MFE and Medway’s schools. We are grateful to all teachers, students, parents and local businesses that participated. The response shows you what a great community we have here in Medway. The money raised will go directly to grants that help our students and teachers innovate and excel in their educational pursuits across Medway Schools.”
The other teams competing in the contest were Middlesex Savings Bank, Charles River Bank, Needham Bank sponsoring The McGovern School Teachers, Medway Lions Club sponsoring the Middle School Teachers, Medway School Committee (aka the In-Quiz-Ition Committee), the Gray, Stotz & Selby families of Medway, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring sponsoring a team of Medway National Honor Society (NHS) students, and Joanne Rojee pulled in the Medway High School Alumni Association Team for their fifth year of competition.
The following organizations were generous in donating raffle items, services and/or refreshments: Landry’s Bicycles, Starbucks Medway, Molly’s Apothecary, Avalena’s, and the Happy Hatter Diner. Medway Oil & Propane also donated to support the event.
Formed during the summer of 2002, the Medway Foundation for Education (MFE) is a non-profit organization charged with raising capital to fund innovative, educational projects and programs throughout Medway’s public schools.
Using money generated from community events, contributions, and corporate sponsorships, MFE allocates funds through a grant process to teacher and parent-sponsored projects that dramatically impact the quality of education that students, and sometimes parents, receive. The volunteer MFE Board occasionally works with other supporting organizations like MSPTO and Medway THRIVE to bring these innovative programs to Medway. In December 2018 for instance, these three organizations came together to bring Chris Herren back to Medway for his program “Unguarded: A Conversation with Chris Herren,” which was very well received by both students and parents who have concerns about addiction in today’s society.
2023 marks the year in which MFE will have funded over $380,000 in grants since inception. The Foundation is also on path to building an endowment fund so that future generations of students and teachers can continue to benefit. MFE raises funds through the Trivia Bee event, but also through several other fundraisers during the year and the textile clothing bins located at each school and the Town recycling center.
For more information on MFE and its grants in action, visit www.mfeducation.org/