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NORTHBRIDGE - While students may be enjoying the lazy days of summer vacation, a group of parents is hard at work trying to restore programs that were cut when the school district failed to secure funding through a Proposition 2½ override earlier this year.
Following the failed override, the schools had to cut $1.1 million immediately from the budget for the 2014-15 school year, which included teachers across the district, foreign languages at the middle school, after-school programs, all middle school interscholastic sports, four high school sports, instructional development and instructional supplies.
Since then a group of parents has been working with the Northbridge Booster Club to help raise money to restore some of the middle school athletic programs.
The Northbridge Booster Club is a small group of women who volunteer to support the district's high school sports programs, for example raising money for travel expenses and team jerseys.
The Booster Club will hold two fundraisers this summer to benefit middle school athletics. While the proceeds from each fundraiser will go toward middle school athletics, the hope is to raise enough money to save one program at a time, starting with the boys and girls middle school soccer programs in the fall.
The group is waiting to get a final tally from the school on the total cost of the soccer program, which will be the amount the group will have to raise by a deadline set by the School Committee. If that deadline is not met, the money will be rolled over as the group focuses on winter or spring middle school sports.
"It's a daunting task," said Nikki Roadman, a Northbridge parent and booster. "The only way the school will accept the donation is that the full lump sum has to be raised and donated at a specific time."
On July 31, the Northbridge Booster Club will present a trivia night and karaoke at The Progressive Club, 18 Whitin Road, Uxbridge.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, and the trivia competition will begin at 7 p.m. Participants must arrive by 6:30 p.m. to register their team; teams can consist of one to six players. Karaoke will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door or in advance by contacting Jill Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Aug. 4, a golf tournament will be held at the Whitinsville Golf Course. The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a barbecue lunch, followed by a shotgun start at noon. Dinner will follow at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 for dinner, $125 per golfer, and $500 for a foursome.
Also at the golf tournament, there will be a silent auction by the Northbridge PTA to benefit the Balmer School Show Choir and middle school clubs.
For information, or to reserve a foursome, contact Nikki Roadman at Nmenneto@yahoo.com