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NKEF launches Town Wide Read-A-Thon February 1, 2021

The NKEF is hosting a month long event full of fun activities for you and your family to take part in all while raising money for education in our community! Visit Catch the Reading Wave Read-A-Thon to get a calendar of activities, printouts, contests deadlines and more.

We have partnered with The Blue Bus Foundation to bring to you The Blue Bus Book Mobile. Donate your gently used book for all ages to help us fill our Book Mobile. Donations will be accepted from January 15th until February 1st at the locations below. If you looking to host a collection bin at your business please contact treasurer@nkefoundation.org.

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The votes have been counted and the Winners of Light Up NK are…


Thank you to all who participated in Light UP NK Decorating Contest. This event raised a little over $700 for the North Kingstown Educational Foundation and created a Holiday Fun for the community. We had about 550 votes come in for our registered locations. And the winners are…

Congratulations

Best Light Display: 14 Hawthorne Court- 114 votes – Adam Wotherspoon
Best Use of Tech: 136 Brookside Dr-46 votes – Liane Hagenmoser
Deck the Halls: 8 Brighton Lane-103 votes – Amy Parenteau
Holly Jolly: 517 Glen Hill Rd- 56 votes – Stacy & Rick Connors

Business Winner

Gardner’s Wharf : 64 votes

BEST IN SHOW (Top Votes)

Adam Wotherspoon

14 Hawthorne Court

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Calling all bookworms and storytellers!!

Register to be a Masked Reader here

 The North Kingstown Educational Foundation is in need of volunteers who are willing to “mask up” and read a story on a virtual meet during our month-long, town-wide Read-a-thon.  

We are looking to schedule evening time “storytime” for all ages.  This is a volunteer opportunity to support the NKEF and surprise everyone with who you are after you finish reading your book.

We encourage parents, NKSD faculty/staff, coaches, business owners, town officials/employees, and/or anyone else who loves to read to “mask up” and sign up.  These storytimes will be done virtually and we will set-up the meet and advertise the event.  

Please complete the form and be sure to include your preferred date and time and 3 clues that we can post to advertise the event and gain interest in your storytime.  We are prepared to host a storytime each night so the date/time preference will be on a first come, first serve basis.  

 Sign-ups are due by January 6, 2021.  Get creative and join in on fun with the NKEF!!!  

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NKEF Luminary Event Map is LIVE

Let’s Light up NK tonight!  We have sold a little over 225 luminary kits to whole neighborhoods and individuals of NK and they are ready to share a little hope for the holidays.  Luminary bag displays will be out tonight and tomorrow night from 5-9pm. Thank you to all who purchased kits and supported the NKEF in our first ever holiday fundraiser.  We are so happy to be part of the season and creating a new tradition for North Kingstown.  
Take a break from the hustle and bustle and drive around to view the peacefulness of the night and the lights.  Here is the map of locations of the bags to view.   Enjoy!!! 

NKEF Luminary Map

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NKEF Luminary Event Kickoff is Tomorrow! Did you purchase your kit?

We only have about 25 kits left !!! They are flying out the door ! If you haven’t purchased yours please click on the link below and we will deliver the kit right to your door.

Luminary Kit Purchase

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NKEF Upcoming Events

Follow us on Social Media to stay informed about all the upcoming events!

Vote for your favorite Light UP NK location here

Give the gift of a Starfish Honor here. The NKEF Starfish Honor program offers a way to appreciate any faculty, staff or friends of the NKSD,  while supporting innovative education in the North Kingstown School Department.

Purchase a one of a kind handcrafted Oyster Shell Ornament from Backyard Beach Decor here . For each ornament sold, $10.00 is donated back to Foundation.

Check out our NEWEST Fundraiser

Catch the Reading Wave

Calendar of Events coming soon!

Calling all Bookworms and Storytellers!

Register to be part of our Masked Reader Program

The North Kingstown Educational Foundation is in need of volunteers who are willing to “mask up” and read a story on a virtual meet during our month-long, town-wide Read-a-thon.

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Sunday Donor Spotlight- The Farm Stand at Tockwotton Farm / The Madison Family

 Our vision is not possible without the generous support of donors, like yourself, who see the value of their investment. Thank you for supporting the foundation and education here in North Kingstown!

Father and Son Team – Bart and Matt Madison at their Farm Stand on 445 N Quidnessett Rd North Kingstown

The Farm Stand is a small family run business that has been in North Kingstown since the 1970s. We take pride in providing our community with fresh naturally grown produce. We are truly grateful for the support of our friends, family and neighbors through out the years. We wanted to be able give back to our community to show our appreciation. We chose to do so by donating to the North Kingstown Education Foundation. This amazing organization is doing so much for our town and our schools and we fully support their efforts. Halloween has always been a favorite holiday of ours so we were happy to participate in this years Spook out NK. This event  brought so much joy to our community all while raising funds for the foundation. Over the summer our younger children sold lemonade at the stand to collect donations for the NKEF. It was a great experience for them to contribute to an organization that will benefit them in so many ways.  Our family has been a part of the North Kingstown community for many years. We are proud to say that four generations have gone through the school system here in North Kingstown. We are extremely grateful that this organization was founded and we will be happy to continue to support it in the years to come. 

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Backyard Beach has collaborated with the North Kingstown Educational Foundation for the Holiday Season

Backyard Beach has collaborated with the North Kingstown Educational Foundation. We are offering this local oyster shell ornament embellished with the NKEF logo as part of a fundraising effort for the organization. A portion of sales from each ornament sold will go to NKEF. 

Each oyster shell is hand gathered, cleaned and painted and strung with white and blue wooden beads

Sizes range from 1-2”

Order your NKEF Oyster Shell here today!

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Light Up NK map is now LIVE

The NKEF is wishing each and every one of you a Happy Holiday Season! We hope these festive sights bring a little joy and happiness to you and your family! Thank you to each and every location who joined us to bring a new holiday tradition to light. We could not have put this together without your support!

Use the link below to find our LIVE map with all the festive locations pinned. Please click on the add direction button to plan out your own route. This feature will let you choose which location you would like to see and create driving directions.

LIVE NKEF LIGHT UP NK 2020 MAP

Make sure to Vote on your Favorite Location

Locations by Category

Business Store Front
Living Hope Christian Church730 South County Trail
Town Hall – North Kingstown100 Fairway Drive
Flowers by Bert & Peg550 Tower Hill Rd
North Kingstown Free Library100 Boone St
Bigg Smiles, LLC145 Phillips St
Blue Bus Foundation7366 Post Rd
Beauty and the Bath11 W Main St
Gardner’s Wharf170 Main St
Holly Jolly Inflatables
139 Georgia Ave
517 Glen Hill Rd
199 Shore Acres Rd
159 Haverhill Ave
Deck the Halls
98 Chestnut Rd.
621 Pendar Rd.
94 Grant Dr
352 Lafayette Rd
125 Georgia Ave
22 Allison Ct
62 Orchard Woods Dr
11 Beacon Dr
114 Oakdale Rd
44 Fishing Cove Rd
80 Boone St
8 Brighton Lane
38 Big Oak Dr
49 Allison Court
27 Cydot Dr
White Christmas Award
208 Sachem Rd
61 Shore Drive
183 Georgia ave
Best Use of Technology

136 Brookside Dr

Best light display
33 Barolay Dr
440 Shore Acres Ave
15 Keats Dr
30 Austin Meadows Lane
27 Saratoga Rd
14 Hawthorne Ct
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Sunday Donor Spotlight – The Zajac’s

 Our vision is not possible without the generous support of donors, like yourself, who see the value of their investment. Thank you for supporting the foundation and education here in North Kingstown!

Ed and Kathy Zajac

Kathy and Ed have a combined career of sixty-four years in education in upstate New York. Rhode Island was always a favorite vacation destination, and in 1998 they found their future retirement home here in NK. Supporting teachers and their students has always been a top priority for them, and the NKEF afforded the perfect opportunity to get involved locally.

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