Achieve Annual Appeal

Eighty percent of Achieve’s support comes from local families and businesses. Your tax-free donation to the 2017 Annual Appeal will help Achieve continue to help ensure that all children have equal access to every learning opportunity

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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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Teacher Grants 

Achieve distributed more than $105,000 for Teacher Grants for creative projects that were carried out across all SO/M district schools in the spring of 2017. Thanks to community support through DIRECT GRANT FUNDING, 89 grants were partially or fully funded last year.

See the complete list of 2016-17 Teacher Grants.

Night of 100 Dinners

Sign up now to host a party for Achieve’s Night of 100 Dinners on March 3, 2018!

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.

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!

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.

Newstead 5K

Achieve’s Newstead 5K Race celebrated 15 years and welcomed 600 participants on September 16th, 2017!

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

Click to see photos from the 2017 race! 

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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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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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: Application Deadline – October 20th, 2017 for 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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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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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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Newstead 5K

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Newstead 5K

September 16th, 2017

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.

Thank you to D&I Fitness and all of our 2017 Sponsors!

Click here to see photos from the 2017 Newstead 5K!

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