Event raises nearly $20,000 for schools

UPDATED, March 28: With a record 36 teams participating and nearly 400 attendees, Town Hall was abuzz with activity on Sunday, March 26, at the 22nd annual Arlington Trivia Bee hosted by the Arlington Education Foundation.


The atmosphere was electric when fifth-grade teams from each elementary school were introduced. Participating for the first time, teams of three students from each school eagerly took the stage to challenge their knowledge. In the end, Dallin School fifth graders Henrietta Rota, Aaron Podesky and Nolan Roof won in a sudden-death pesticide round.

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Wearing creative, modular-shaped hats, the Stratton Smarties (at left) -- parents Leslie Meltzer and Stewart Deck with Principal Michael Hanna -- set a Trivia Bee record by answering every question correctly and winning the 2017 Trivia Bee championship.

Teams donned creative hats and outfits representing '90s film stars, rock bands, security enforcers, artists, cartoon and book characters and construction workers. Team Back to School -- consisting of School Committee alumni Joe Curro, Leba Heigham and Sue Sheffler -- won the prize for best costume. They were dressed as Peanuts characters the Red Baron, Linus and Lucy.

Host Irwin Grossman kept the crowd laughing, pianist Todd Bearson kept the atmosphere lively and judges Kathleen Bodie, superintendent of schools; Henry Brush, president of Arlington Soccer Club, and Linda Shoemaker, executive director of the Arlington Center for the Arts interpreted answers.

To the question "In 2016 in Rio, what U.S. swimmer became the first woman in 48 years to sweep the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle races at the same Olympics?" the creative answer of the day went to the School Committee, who answered "Nancy Pelosi" when members could not recall Katie Ledeky's name.

The event raised a record $19,671 from AEF's 2017 business sponsors and team fees.

The event raised awareness for AEF's work enriching public education in the Arlington Schools. Relying entirely on community donations, AEF awards approximately $125,000 per year to the Arlington Public Schools.

This free, townwide, family-friendly event is an Arlington tradition that includes activities for kids and opportunities for audience participation. Each team includes three adults who are game for an afternoon of Trivial Pursuits.

Participants face off to answer questions about sports, literature, history, current events, music, science and local lore.

The Arlington Education Foundation works to advance and support public education in Arlington. Thanks to all who participated to help celebrate AEF's work in the Arlington Public Schools.

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Variety of teams

The teams represented a wide variety of Arlington’s civic organizations and interest groups. They include:

Arlington Center for the Arts
Arlington Democrats
Arlington EATS
Arlington Education Association
Arlington Health and Safety Coalition
Arlington High School Science Department
Arlington Philharmonic
Arlington School Enrollment Community Group
Cub Scout Pack 306
Friends of the Robbins Library
Parent Enrollment Community Group
Peirce School
School Committee
School Committee Alumni
Stratton School
Thompson School
Many neighborhood groups and friends 

AEF thanks its local sponsors.

Platinum Sponsor ($5,000)
Belmont Orthodontics & Belmont Pediatric Dentistry

Gold Sponsors ($1,500)
Quad Cycles
Zipwall Dust Barrier System

Silver Sponsors ($500-$1,000)
AFC Urgent Care Arlington
Arlington Orthodontics
Belmont Savings Bank
Brookline Bank
Eye Level Learning Center
Watertown Savings Bank
Winchester Savings Bank

Bronze Sponsors ($250)
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc, Maureen Igoe
Arlington Heights Nursery School
Avenue3 Real Estate 
Beaujolais Catering
Belmont Day Summer Camp
Bistro Duet
Coldwell Banker
Home Harvest
Intelligent Labor
Leader Bank
Leone & Leone Attorneys at Law
Mirak Automotive Group
Nitwits Intelligent ice Treatment
Rockland Trust
Running Brook Camps
Sidekick Sports Academy
Summer Fenn Day Camp

March 26, 2016: 21st annual Trivia Bee raises more than $10,700 for schools

March 24, 2015: Education foundation trivia bee raises $6,900 for public schools

This announcement was published Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, and updated March 28.