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Medway Foundation for Education Trivia Bee raises money for education grants 

The winning team, dubbed “Don’t Worry, BEE Happy,” was a self-sponsored team and included six parents of members of Medway High School’s graduating class of 2024: Susan Alessandri, Joel Morgenstern, Rachel Morgenstern, Maria Stotz, Tim Stotz and Nick Vallante. Courtesy photo

The Medway Foundation for Education (MFE) held its annual Trivia Bee fundraising event on February 27, raising almost $5,000 for future grants benefitting Medway schools. Sponsors included Charles River Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank, Kenney & Kenney, Senate President Karen Spilka, State Representative Jeffrey Roy, Russo Insurance Agency, HIS Corporation, Club Z! Tutoring & Test Prep, and Leland Siding, Roofing & Windows. All provided funding to sponsor a team of students or teachers, or were participants in the Bee. Numerous individuals from the Medway community also contributed.
Sixteen teams competed in the Bee, including five teams of high school students, a team from each school in the district, the Medway School Committee, and teams of local businesses and community members.  In the end, a team of Medway High School parents won the trophy, ending the Medway High School teachers’ four-year winning streak. 
Coming in second was a team of Memorial School teachers and staff - Krystn Hickman, John Kelley, Linda Lindsey, Lisa Messina, Bobbie Susi and Chris Terzigni - competing as “Trivia Excellence At Memorial (TEAM).” 
The third-place team, and defending champions going into the competition, included Medway High school teachers Chris Borden, Kevin Collins, Andy Nassiff and Kevin Treggiari.
Participants were tested on their trivia knowledge with Master of Ceremonies Bob Verdolino playing a selection of songs where the lyrics, titles or artists offered clues to each answer.  Bob and his official scorekeeper and brother, Dave Verdolino, long-time event hosts, provided a fun, exciting atmosphere for this challenging trivia contest. 
Christine Miller, MFE’s volunteer President, said, “Our generous team sponsors, supporters and all of the 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. We are especially grateful for our Partner-level sponsors -- Charles River Bank and Middlesex Savings Bank – which made generous contributions in support of all MFE events throughout the 2023-2024 school year. The response demonstrates 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.”
After the Bee, MFE recognized the contributions of three departing Board members: Aimee Selby, Sue O’Connor, and outgoing President Brian Gray, who has served on the Board since 2007. Brian, Aimee and Sue devoted countless hours over many years in service to MFE and the Medway School District.  

About Medway Foundation for Education
Founded in 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 favorably impact the quality of education that students receive. The volunteer MFE Board occasionally works with other supporting organizations, such as MSPTO and Medway THRIVE, to bring these innovative programs to Medway.  
MFE has funded $400,000 in grants since its inception.  The Foundation is also 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. 

MFE is actively seeking new volunteers; please email us at [email protected].

More information on MFE and its grants in action is available on the MFE website and Facebook page.