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Teacher Grants 

The Achieve Foundation distributed $97,000 in 2016 for 68 Teacher Grants to creative projects in all nine district schools.

The deadline for the 2016-17  Grant Applications is October 20th. Apply Here

Click HERE to read about CHS biology teacher James Nugent’s grant to support clean water and the local trout population!

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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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Night of 100 Dinners

Be a host or join the committee for our biggest fundraiser of the year, set for March 4th, 2017!

Special thanks to Allison Ziefert, 2016 Sponsors & Maplewood Grille, Bunny’s & Verjus and 61 hosts and 1,000 guests who raised $65,000 last year.

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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Newstead 5K

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Newstead 5K

14th Annual Newstead 5K
September 17th 9 a.m.

The Newstead 5K is a highly-anticipated rite of the new school year in South Orange and Maplewood. The event attracts 500 participants and their families to the rolling course near South Mountain Reservation. Including a Fun Run for children, it is a great opportunity for sponsors, providing $15-$20,000 annually to enhance education in the South Orange/Maplewood public schools.
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THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS!

2016 Runners Check Your Results Here!

LEARN MORE, SPONSOR OR REGISTER FOR THE RACE
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Educator Grants

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Educator Grants

2016-17 Applications Due October 20th

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.

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.

Already received a grant? Submit an evaluation.
Teacher/Administrator Grant Evaluation
Riecke Fellowship Evaluation

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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, who donate proceeds from concerts they host with Vanessa’s team at Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty. The Pollock Initiative provides more than $15,000 for music programs in the South Orange and Maplewood schools annually.

DONATE TO INCREASE 2016 MUSIC AWARDS >

MAKE A GENERAL DONATION TO THE POLLOCK INITIATIVE  >

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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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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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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: digitally with online credit card payment, or physically through printing the form and mailing a check.

 

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