Newstead 5K

Achieve’s 16th Annual Newstead 5K Race will be Saturday, September 15th, 2018!

Special thanks to D&I Fitness & all of the 2017 sponsors!

Click to see photos and a video from the 2017 race!

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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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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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Educator Grants

Thank you to all who contributed to the Direct Teacher Grant Funding campaign! Achieve awarded more than $100,000 for 2017-18 TEACHER GRANTS, providing funding for 98 projects across all South Orange/Maplewood schools.

Night of 100 Dinners

This year’s Night of 100 Dinners welcomed nearly 500 guests, whose contributions are expected to total over $50,000.

Special thanks to 2018 hosts and sponsors!

Check out PICTURES  from previous parties courtesy of Noelle Harteveld Photography.

Maker Madness

Maker Madness is a free STEAM education fair for SOMA students and their families.

Special thanks to our 2018 Sponsors!

Click HERE to watch a video of Maker Madness 2018!

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Dedicate Your Donation to a Teacher or Any Staff Member 

The perfect way to thank school staff members! We’ll deliver cards inscribed with your personal message. Proceeds benefit Achieve’s Teacher Grants program. Order tributes by credit card online ($10 minimum order) or print this form and pay by check.

Thank You!

Special thanks to our generous lead sponsors. Click HERE to see all of our corporate and foundation donors.

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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Ted Cole Clarinet Program

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Ted Cole Clarinet Program

The Achieve Foundation is excited to introduce a new program to fund a clarinet program at CHS.

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

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Tutoring

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Tutoring

Join us to celebrate 20 years of the Volunteer Tutor Program on Tuesday, June 5 at Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange.

Here’s the invitation!

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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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 application 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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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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Night of 100 Dinners

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Night of 100 Dinners

For its biggest annual fundraiser, Achieve calls out to hosts from the local community to hold parties, all on (or close to) the first Saturday of March. 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.

Special thanks to 2018 hosts and sponsors!

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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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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 “Love is Love” on Saturday, February 10 at South Orange Middle School at 7:00 PM. Reserve seats.

 

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