The Lynn Business Education Foundation has donated more than $4,000 worth of educational materials to schools in the City, purchasing Classroom Jeopardy! kits for five high schools and a LEGO education kit for Washington STEM Elementary.
Classical, English, St. Mary’s, Tech and Fecteau-Leary received the Jeopardy! game, according to Lynn Business Education Foundation Executive Director Dr. Frederick M. Cole. “We saw that English, Classical and St. Mary’s had a Jeopardy! competition at the end of last school year, so we thought we would see if they were interested in getting the classroom version,” he said.
The Jeopardy! donation was the idea of foundation treasurer Jack Greeley, who suggested offering it to all the high schools, which gladly accepted. Each kit includes buzzers for the players to signal they want to answer, questions and scoring system. “It’s exactly like what you see on TV,” Cole said.
It is fitting that the primary point of contact for the game at Lynn English is social studies department chair Carol Ruggiero, who appeared on the TV game show in 1989. Ruggiero, who is in her 51st year teaching, said the kit will be put to good use.
“It will be used to review for tests, and by the academic teams that are preparing for competitions,” Ruggiero said, mentioning the College Bowl, History Bowl and a team trying out for High School Quiz Show on WGBH. “There are all kinds of possibilities for it.”
At the Washington STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) school, the LEGO kit will be used by the fledgling robotics team.
“We are very grateful for the continued support of the Lynn Business Education Foundation,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Catherine C. Latham. “These educational tools they have provided will benefit students for a long time.”