Newstead 5K
September 16, 2017

Celebrate the race’s 15th anniversary by joining lead sponsor D&I Fitness & many others in bringing this acclaimed event to the community!

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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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Teacher Grants 

Achieve distributed more than $73,000 for Teacher Grants for creative projects to be carried out across all SO/M district schools in the spring of 2017. Thanks to community support through the direct funding campaign almost 90 grants were partially or fully funded last year.

See the complete list of 2016-17 Teacher Grants.

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

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

Special thanks to Allison Ziefert and our other 2017 event sponsors and hosts! See Allison’s dinner party tips.

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

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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Newstead 5K

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Newstead 5K

September 16th, 2017
9:00 AM
South Mountain Annex
112 Glenview Rd., South Orange

Each September, hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages transform the quiet, woodsy Newstead neighborhood of South Orange into a leafy 5K race course to support Achieve’s programs that benefit students in all 10 South Orange/Maplewood schools.

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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.

 

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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 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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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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Night of 100 Dinners

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Night of 100 Dinners

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.

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