Achieve Annual Appeal

Eighty percent of Achieve’s support comes from local families and businesses. Your tax-free donation to the Annual Appeal will help Achieve continue to help ensure that all children have equal access to every learning opportunity

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Vanessa Pollock and the Pollock Properties Group present a special family-friendly holiday concert

Featuring sounds of the season performed by Broadway performers Charlie Pollock and friends. The concert is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $25/ticket to benefit the Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative for music programs in the South Orange-Maplewood Schools. Reserve your seats here.

Nights of 100 Dinners

For its biggest annual fundraiser, Achieve calls out to hosts from the local community to hold parties in March. This year we’re extending our Night of a Hundred Dinners to a month-long event of dinners and much more!

To volunteer or learn more, please contact  100dinners@achievefoundation.org.

Special thanks to 2018 hosts and sponsors! Check out PICTURES  from previous parties courtesy of Noelle Harteveld Photography.

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Annual Appeal Honor Roll

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Annual Appeal Honor Roll

Every November and December, the local community demonstrates its unwavering commitment to outstanding, cutting-edge public education for all children in the School District of South Orange and Maplewood by supporting Achieve’s an annual giving campaign. Donors give generously, including some who join Achieve’s Honor Roll by pledging $1,000 or more per year for three consecutive years.

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Nights of 100 Dinners

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Nights of 100 Dinners

For its biggest annual fundraiser, Achieve calls out to hosts from the local community to hold parties in March. This year we’re extending our Night of a Hundred Dinners to a month-long event of dinners and much more. Hosts choose the kind of party that’s right for them and invite their friends and neighbors. 100 Dinners guests make a donation to the Achieve Foundation to benefit all of Achieve’s programs. Families and businesses can also lend support as event sponsors.

To volunteer or learn more, please contact Christine Houseworth or Nicole Drury at 100dinners@achievefoundation.org.

Special thanks to 2018 hosts and sponsors!

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

See a list of all 2017-18 Teacher Grants here.

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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 day of free interactive activities including robotics, crafts, coding, woodworking & more!

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

Watch a video of Maker Madness 2018!

 

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Pollock and Friends Concert

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Pollock and Friends Concert

Vanessa Pollock and her husband, Broadway actor Charlie Pollock, established a fund with the Achieve Foundation to expand opportunities for music education for all students in the SO/M Schools. To raise the needed funds, they, and the Pollock Properties Group host free concerts featuring “Charlie Pollock and Friends.”

The whole family is invited to a free Holiday Concert on Friday, December 7 at Columbia High School at 7:30 PM.

 

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Ted Cole Clarinet Project

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Ted Cole Clarinet Project

The Achieve Foundation is excited to introduce a new program to inspire and foster excellence in clarinet playing at the high school and middle school levels.

Click the DONATE button to help us raise funds for the Ted Cole Clarinet Project.

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