Congratulations to more than 600 registered runners and walkers who made this year’s Newstead 5K the biggest race yet! Under gloriously sunny skies, dedicated athletes and relaxed walkers completed the course through the lovely Newstead neighborhood to show their commitment to Achieve’s mission. We are grateful to our community.
The Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood raises funds to promote exemplary public education for all students and educators in our community.
Maker Madness is a free, interactive, museum-like experience that offers hands-on educational activities like stop-motion animation, 3-D printing, kinetic sculpture, hovercraft, coding, Popsicle stick bridges, book art, origami, sewing and more.
The Achieve Foundation provided seed money for a competitive robotics program at Columbia High School, whose robotics teams continue to garner top awards. The program’s ever-increasing popularity prompted the district to introduce a robotics curriculum. This example demonstrates Achieve’s ability to advance and expand education by piloting enriching, innovative programs.
Some Achieve Teacher Grants pay for projects that engage an entire school. A knitting program at Seth Boyden Elementary School introduced a skill that maintains students’ focus and attention and supports learning in math and reading. The knitting-as-a-school grant galvanized the entire school community around a challenging and constructive activity.
Through its educator grants, Achieve supports trips and college tours for students who are eligible for Economic Opportunity Fund (EOF) scholarships. For many students, it’s their first time on a college campus. One student wrote: “You guys have really opened up doors for me and made my mom’s life a little easier. It’s great to know you’re looking out for my future.”
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.
Hundreds of volunteers have helped Achieve become a true partner in South Orange and Maplewood public schools. Consider joining a fundraising committee, volunteering at an event or tutoring a student. Or perhaps you can offer your skills in graphic design, data management or marketing. We can help you find the best way to volunteer.