Night of 100 Dinners
March 4th

Fill out our online host form or contact the committee to join us this year! Special thanks to Allison Ziefert and our other event sponsors and hosts! See Allison’s dinner party tips.

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

Teacher Grants 

The Achieve Foundation distributed more than $73,000 for 63 Teacher Grants for creative projects to be carried out this spring across all SO/M district schools. See a list of grants awarded and grants funded through Direct FundingClick HERE to donate online to the grant of your choice!

Maker Madness

Maker Madness is a day of free interactive activities for families at CHS. Learn about STEAM education, 3-D printing, electronics demolition, robotics, kinetic sculpture, coding, rockets, screen printing, origami and more!

Watch a VIDEO from Maker Madness 2016!

Achieve 2016 Annual Appeal

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Private Funds
for Public Education

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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Honor Your Teacher

The perfect way to thank school staff members! We’ll deliver cards inscribed with your family’s personal message at the end of the year. Proceeds benefit Achieve’s Teacher Grants program. Order tributes by credit card online ($10 minimum order) or print this form and pay by check.

A Community Venue Restored

Achieve raised $450,000 to elevate the district’s renovation of Columbia’s historic auditorium to a complete restoration. Achieve’s funds paid for the renewal of architectural details and sound, seating, lighting and flooring upgrades. Enjoy a performance there soon!

Thank You!

Special thanks to our lead sponsors D&I Fitness, Vanessa Pollock & Allison Ziefert for their support!

Click HERE to see all of our corporate donors.

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Night of 100 Dinners

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Night of 100 Dinners

March 4, 2017

In early March, when long, cold winters have confined everybody to their homes, the Achieve Foundation launches a huge community get-together. It’s a simple, brilliant concept: Volunteer hosts throw parties and invite their friends and neighbors. Instead of bringing a beverage or dessert, guests make a contribution to Achieve. Over 1,000 dine in 50 or more homes in all neighborhoods each year, demonstrating the camaraderie and generosity of spirit of our two towns — all to benefit Achieve’s programs.

Host a Dinner

See Allison Ziefert’s tips for hosting a dinner party.

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Educator Grants

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Educator Grants

South Orange/Maplewood educators enable Achieve to accomplish its mission by requesting funds for innovative projects, creative applications of new technology, professional development and more.

See grants awarded for 2016-17 and grants awarded through direct funding.

Teacher Grants are awarded in December for spring projects.
Direct Grant Funding allows donors to contribute to projects of their choice through January.
Administrator Grants and Riecke Teaching Fellowships are awarded in May.

72 worthy projects in 2016-17 are still eligible for Direct Grant Funding. Donate online to one or more project(s) of your choice. Checks can be sent to Achieve Foundation, P.O. Box 1084, Maplewood, NJ 07040.

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Maker Madness

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Maker Madness

Maker Madness

Maker Madness is a free, interactive all day experience for families at CHS. Stations include animation, 3-D printing, electronics demolition, kinetic sculpture, catapults, coding, Popsicle stick bridges, pop-up books, origami, sewing and more! Achieve hosted the event in the spring of 2015 and 2016 that was planned and carried out by 90 local volunteers and supported by 12 generous sponsors. Over 1,000 students and adults tried their hands at more than 30 activities.

Time to start planning for next year…. CONTACT US if you want to be a sponsor or get involved.

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Annual Appeal

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Annual Appeal

The Achieve Foundation is most appreciative of the fact that 85 percent of its support comes from the local community. Every November, Achieve conducts a year-end giving appeal to rally support for all of its programs. Local residents and businesses contribute generously, year after year, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to outstanding public education for all children.

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Tutoring

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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.

The fund is the brainchild of local residents Charlie and Vanessa Pollock, whose music events, hosted with Vanessa’s team at Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty, provide more than $15,000 for music programs in the South Orange and Maplewood schools annually.

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MAKE A GENERAL DONATION TO THE POLLOCK INITIATIVE  >

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