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Needham parents/teachers tip off for sixth straight year

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By Josh Perry
Hometown Weekly Staff

On Friday, March 4, parents and teachers from Hillside and Eliot Elementary Schools will take to the basketball court at Needham High for the sixth annual fundraiser game that benefits each school’s PTC.

Doors will open for the game at 6:30 and the opening tip will be at 7 p.m. Students and families are invited to pack the gym, show off their school spirit and cheer on their favorites as they continue this hardwood tradition.

The first game took place in 2011. That event was a sell-out and each year, the Needham High gym is filled. The organizers have also introduced other family-friendly activities to add even more excitement to the evening. Students will sing the National Anthem, there will be halftime performances and the chance to buy school-branded novelties.

“The Eliot-Hillside game is a fantastic community event,” said Eliot PTC co-president Sue Nissen in a press release. “The kids are so excited and they screech and giggle all night long…it’s wonderful small town fun!”

Hillside PTC co-president Seema Meloni added, “The kids truly love watching their teachers and parents out there on the court. We are excited for the new things that will be introduced to this event this year and to continuing this fun tradition.”

The announcement for the game noted that parents and teachers will get the chance to practice in the days leading up to the game.

“It’s a great night for everyone and it’s wonderful for the teachers to have the support of all the students,” said first grade teacher Gia Jeas from Eliot. Teachers are usually the star of the night with the loudest cheers and get the most support from the students in attendance.

Jeas added, “It’s truly a night to remember!”

For more information about the game, contact Josh Goldfine (Eliot School) at or Betsy Alperstein (Hillside School) at

Josh Perry is an Editor at Hometown Weekly. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

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