The Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood raises funds to promote exemplary public education for all students and educators in our community.
The Achieve Foundation announces its largest annual distribution of funds for Teacher Grants to date: $70,155 to 68 teachers for creative projects in all nine district schools. The money will be used for innovative projects teachers have created to benefit their students at all nine schools in the current school year.
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.
It’s not too early to think about participating in the Night of 100 Dinners in March. Volunteer hosts throw parties and invite their friends and neighbors, and guests make a contribution to Achieve. The dinners are one of our biggest fundraisers – since the parties began in 2005, they’ve helped raise almost half a million dollars for our programs in all the district’s schools! For more information about hosting, Email Us >
Maker Madness is a free, interactive, museum-like experience that offers hands-on educational activities like stop-motion animation, 3-D printing, kinetic sculpture, hovercraft, coding, Popsicle stick bridges, book art, origami, sewing and more.
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.
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.
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.