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Maker Madness April 30th, 10am-4pm

Maker Madness is a free, hands-on interactive experience for families at CHS. Activities include animation, 3-D printing, electronics demolition, kinetic sculpture, catapults, coding, Popsicle stick bridges, pop-up books, origami, sewing and more!

Click HERE for information, HERE to volunteer & HERE for a lawn sign!

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Night of 100 Dinners

Thank you to all who took part in our largest fundraiser of the year, which brought in $65,000 and many new friends to the organization!

Special thanks to Allison Ziefert, 2016 Sponsors & Maplewood Grille, Bunny’s & Verjus.

Check out the PICTURES courtesy of Noelle Harteveld Photography & watch the video.

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The Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood raises funds to promote exemplary public education for all students and educators in our community.

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Teacher Grants Announced

The Achieve Foundation announced its largest annual distribution of funds for Teacher Grants to date: $70,155 to 68 teachers for creative projects in all nine district schools.

See a complete list of recipients and their projects here.
See a list of grants eligible for direct funding here.
To donate to direct grant funding, click here.

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Robotics

The Achieve Foundation provided seed money for a competitive robotics program at Columbia High School, whose robotics teams continue to garner top awards. The program’s ever-increasing popularity prompted the district to introduce a robotics curriculum. This example demonstrates Achieve’s ability to advance and expand education by piloting enriching, innovative programs.

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A Renewed Community Venue

Achieve raised more than $450,000 to take the district’s renovation of Columbia High School’s historic auditorium to a complete restoration. Achieve’s funds paid for the painstaking restoration of architectural details as well as upgrades to the sound system, seating, lighting and flooring. Audiences can now enjoy performances of the school’s acclaimed Special Dance troupe, all-school musicals and concerts in a magnificent space.

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We Need You

Hundreds of volunteers have helped Achieve become a true partner in South Orange and Maplewood public schools. Consider joining a fundraising committee, volunteering at an event or tutoring a student. Or perhaps you can offer your skills in graphic design, data management or marketing. We can help you find the best way to volunteer.

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Achieve Foundation April 2016

Maker Madness April 30th 10 am- 4 pm at CHS
Kids, teens and adults are invited to discover the new world of hands-on, experience-based learning at Achieve’s free Maker Madness fair. More than 25 stations will offer activities and demonstrations that will appeal to all ages: drones; woodworking; origami; electronics demolition; music recording; 3-D printers; Lego construction; knitting, sewing and art projects; robotics; and more. There will be door prizes, refreshments, souvenirs and opportunities for everyone to make something! Follow Maker Madness on Instagram and Facebook using the #whatwillyoumake hashtag. You can volunteer here.

Honor Your Teacher
With teacher appreciation time just around the corner, Achieve is offering the perfect way to thank your children’s teachers, librarian, guidance counselor, principal, classroom aide… any staff member in any school, who has helped make this a great school year for them. Order tribute cards, to be inscribed with your family’s personal message of thanks, which Achieve will deliver to schools at the end of the year.  Your donations of $5 or more per tribute will benefit Achieve’s Teacher Grants program that enables any teacher to apply for funding for a special project in the fall. Order tributes by credit card online ($10 minimum order) or by check by printing this form (one copy for each card) and mailing to PO Box 1084, Maplewood, NJ 07040. The deadline for orders is June 3, but order today!

Teacher Grant Reception
On Thursday, May 5 the Achieve Foundation will recognize the 74 teachers who received grants for classroom projects, materials and equipment this year. Grant recipients will share the results of their grants, and the 2016 recipients of Achieve’s Administrator Grant and Riecke Teaching Fellowship will be announced. Please stop by in the District Meeting Room at 525 Academy Street at 3:30 to hear the presentations and congratulate the grant awardees.

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Maker Madness

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Maker Madness

Maker Madness April 30th, 10am-4pm

Maker Madness is a free, hands-on interactive experience for families at CHS. Activities include animation, 3-D printing, electronics demolition, kinetic sculpture, catapults, coding, Popsicle stick bridges, pop-up books, origami, sewing and more!

Click HERE for more information, HERE to volunteer & HERE for a lawn sign! CONTACT US

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Honor Your Teacher and Staff Tributes

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Honor Your Teacher and Staff Tributes

 

Teachers agree that heartfelt expressions of thanks are the best end-of-the-year gifts they receive from their students. Through the Achieve’s Honor Your Teacher and Staff tributes, families can send children’s messages of appreciation to teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, crossing guards and others in the school district. For a donation of $5 or more each, Achieve prints students’ sentiments on tasteful cards that are delivered to the recipients in June. Proceeds support Achieve’s Teacher Grants. (Send tributes at any time of year for birthdays, graduations, etc., and they make great class gifts)!

2 easy ways to order tributes:

ORDER ONLINE BY CREDIT CARD.

PRINT A FORM (ONE FOR EACH TRIBUTE) AND MAIL WITH A CHECK.

Send a Teacher or Staff Tribute
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Educator Grants

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Educator Grants

Engagement and collaboration with educators in the School District of South Orange and Maplewood informs Achieve’s program development and fundraising, so it can best serve its mission. Achieve offers several grant opportunities for educators, who may apply for funds to pay for projects, equipment or professional development in the classroom and beyond.

Teacher Grants are awarded in December to be used for spring projects. Donors may increase the amount of spending on Teacher Grants each year by contributing to Direct Grant Funding through January.

2016 Administrator Grants and Fellowship Awards will be announced in May.

 

LIST OF 2015-16 TEACHER GRANTS>

LIST OF GRANTS FOR DIRECT FUNDING>

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Tutoring

Achieve’s hallmark tutoring program improves the academic performance of children who are struggling with their schoolwork by pairing them with trained volunteer tutors.
The initiative was started in 1997, based on the notion that children who are not reaching their full academic potential may benefit from the help of a free tutor.

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Vanessa Pollock Music Intiative

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Vanessa Pollock Music Intiative

Achieve’s Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative aims to improve music resources in the district and enable students with financial need to benefit equitably from music education opportunities.

This special music fund, established in 2015, is the brainchild of local residents Charlie and Vanessa Pollock, who have donated proceeds from concerts hosted by Vanessa and her team at Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty. The fund is used to maintain the district’s inventory of instruments, support Teacher Grants for music projects and pay for music training for students with financial need who demonstrate exceptional talent.

In November, the Achieve Foundation and the Vanessa Pollock Realty Team hosted the first-annual awards ceremony for the Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative scholarship and instrument recipients in the school district.  Seven high school musicians received awards of instruments and private instruction totaling $10,500.

 

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