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Honor Your Teacher

Achieve offers the perfect way to thank any staff member in any school! Tribute cards will inscribed with your family’s personal message and delivered at the end of the year. Your donations will benefit Achieve’s Teacher Grants program. Order tributes by credit card online ($10 minimum order) or by check by printing this form.

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Newstead 5K

Each September, runners of all ages transform the quiet, woodsy Newstead neighborhood of South Orange into a magical 5K race course to support all of the Achieve Foundation’s programs. Local families and businesses sponsor the event, and in 2015 more than 600 registered runners participate, the most ever.

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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

Thank you to all who took part in our largest fundraiser of the year, which brought in $65,000 and many new friends to the organization!

Special thanks to Allison Ziefert, 2016 Sponsors & Maplewood Grille, Bunny’s & Verjus.

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

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Maker Madness

Maker Madness is a free, hands-on interactive experience for families at CHS. Activities include animation, 3-D printing, electronics demolition, kinetic sculpture, catapults, coding, Popsicle stick bridges, pop-up books, origami, sewing and more!

Watch a VIDEO from Maker Madness 2016!

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Teacher Grants 

The Achieve Foundation announced its largest annual distribution of funds for Teacher Grants to date: $70,155 to 68 teachers for creative projects in all nine district schools.

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.

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A Renewed Community Venue

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.

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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

September 17, 9a.m.

The 14th Annual 2016

The Newstead 5K Race is a highly-anticipated rite of the new school year in South Orange and Maplewood. For 13 years, the race has attracted hundreds of energized runners and families to the rolling course in South Orange’s leafy neighborhood setting. A fundraiser for the Achieve Foundation, the race provides $15-$20,000 annually to enhance education in all 10 South Orange/Maplewood schools.newstead_dandi

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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.

This special music fund, established in 2015, is the brainchild of local residents Charlie and Vanessa Pollock, who have donated proceeds from concerts hosted by Vanessa and her team at Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty. The fund is used to maintain the district’s inventory of instruments, provide scholarships for instrument rentals, support Teacher Grants for music projects and pay for music training for students with financial need who demonstrate exceptional talent.

The Pollock Initiative provides more than $15,000 for music programs in the South Orange and Maplewood schools annually.

 

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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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Educator Grants

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Educator Grants

Engagement and collaboration with educators in the School District of South Orange and Maplewood informs Achieve’s program development and fundraising, so it can best serve its mission. Achieve offers several grant opportunities for educators, who may apply for funds to pay for projects, equipment or professional development in the classroom and beyond.

Teacher Grants are awarded in December to be used for spring projects. Donors may increase the amount of spending on Teacher Grants each year by contributing to Direct Grant Funding through January.

2016 Administrator Grants and Fellowship Awards will be announced in May.

Already received a grant? Complete and submit the project evaluation form

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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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