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.

Maker Madness
April 29, 2017

Maker Madness is a day of free interactive activities including robotics, crafts, coding, woodworking & more!

Special thanks to our lead sponsors: Edrington, littleBits, South Orange Country Day School, Vanessa Pollock Keller Williams Team, Aulestia Lynch & Nicoletti Burtt Families.

Click HERE and HERE to read more about Maker Madness 2017!

Night of 100 Dinners
March 4th

Special thanks to Allison Ziefert and our other event sponsors and hosts this year! 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 Teacher Grants for creative projects to be carried out this spring across all SO/M district schools. Thanks to community support through the direct funding campaign almost 90 grants were partially or fully funded this year.

See the complete list of 2016-17 Teacher Grants. Click HERE to read more about one of the grants this year.

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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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 generous lead sponsors D&I Fitness, Vanessa Pollock & Allison Ziefert for their support!

Click HERE to see all of our corporate and foundation donors.

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Teacher and Staff Tributes

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Teacher and Staff Tributes

Honor Your Teacher

Teachers agree that heartfelt expressions of thanks are the best gifts they receive from their students at the end of the year or anytime. 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 – any staff member in any SO/M school. For a donation of $5 or more each, Achieve prints students’ sentiments on tasteful cards and delivers them to the recipients. Proceeds support Achieve’s Teacher Grants. (Send tributes for birthdays, graduations, etc. They make great class gifts!)

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Maker Madness

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Maker Madness

April 29th

Maker Madness is a free, interactive all day experience for families at CHS. Stations include magic wand making, build and play mini golf, woodworking, electronics demolition, coding, and more!

Thank you to our 2017 lead sponsors: Edrington, littleBits, Bernadette Aulestia & Christian Lynch, Aileen Nicoletti, Ben & Meredith Burtt, the Vanessa Pollock Keller Williams Team and South Orange Country Day School.

Click HERE and HERE to read more about Maker Madness 2017!

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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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Riecke Teaching Fellowship

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Riecke Teaching Fellowship

Summer Professional Development –
Riecke Teaching Fellowship

The Riecke Fellowship program makes awards to educators in the SO/M school district who seek to advance their teaching abilities over the summer by acquiring new knowledge and skills to use in traditional classroom settings and beyond. Riecke Fellows begin the school year with new skills that lead to improvements in practice, curriculum and ultimately student achievement. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Riecke Fellows share what they have learned with their colleagues. The program has provided over $50,000 in fellowships since 2004.

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Administrator Grants

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Administrator Grants

Administrator Grants

Achieve awards grants to district administrators for special projects that benefit a school, grade level or department. Grants may be used for staff development, student enrichment or remediation and educational materials. Administrators may apply in early March for an early April deadline. Funds are awarded in early May.

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Educator Grants

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Educator Grants

The Achieve Foundation provides funds to South Orange/Maplewood educators for grants for innovative projects and fellowships for professional development.

Annual Funding Cycle:

Teacher Grants: Mid-October deadline – grants awarded in December for spring projects.
Direct Grant Funding: Donors contribute to Teacher Grant projects of their choice December-January.
Administrator Grants: Early April deadline – grants awarded in May.
Riecke Teaching Fellowships: Early April deadline for summertime fellowships.

See grants awarded for 2016-17.

Apply for Administrator Grants now through April 7, 2017

Apply for Riecke Teaching Fellowships now through April 3, 2017

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