Maker Madness

Maker Madness 2020 has been postponed but in the meantime,  check out our Facebook event page for new hands-on project ideas every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 PM or visit our Maker Madness page for archived projects.

Thank a Teacher Today!

Recognize the SOMSD staff who are working so hard to keep our students engaged and educated during these trying times. Send Achieve Honor Your Teacher tributes!

2020 Teacher Grant Application Open Now thru June 30th!

Apply here today!

Have questions? Need help? Attend our teacher grant workshops: May 20th at 3:30 PM or June 2nd at 7:30 PM.


A message from Achieve:

So much has changed in the past several weeks as the spread of COVID-19 and state mandates have affected every aspect of our lives. The Achieve Foundation recognizes the efforts of the South Orange-Maplewood School District administration, teachers, support staff, students and their families as we all respond to this unprecedented circumstance.  Our priority for our community is the same as yours — protecting everyone’s health.

To that end, our spring events have been postponed or moved to video conference platforms. Nights of 100 Dinners events planned for after March 12th have been postponed, while a few were moved to virtual gatherings. Maker Madness, originally scheduled for April 25th, has been postponed until the fall. In the meantime, check out our Virtual Maker Madness Facebook event with new activities and challenges posted every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 PM throughout the month of May.

Virtual Volunteer Tutoring began in early April and is up and running for students of all the SO-M district schools.  Online sessions start off with a larger group check-in, and then students break out for individual or small group support. Thanks to the more than 125 volunteer tutors who have met the challenge of continuing to help our students during distance learning.

At the end of March, Achieve partnered with the Parenting Center and provided $12,800 to the District to fund 100 hotspots to be distributed to SOMSD families for use during the COVID-19 school closure. After some challenges with supply issues, hotspots were ordered. As of early May, the District is set to begin distribution to families who responded to the technology needs survey.

We are proud to support the the students, educators and SOMSD during this challenging period, and look forward to a time when we can all come together in person again. Until then, we hope you will consider supporting our ongoing efforts to foster excellence in education for all students in our schools.

Stay safe and well,

The Achieve Foundation Trustees and Staff

Mission Statement

The Achieve Foundation of South Orange & Maplewood raises funds to promote exemplary public education for all students and educators in our community. Achieve is a registered, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Many community volunteers join together to pursue its mission by organizing events and campaigns and by seeking corporate and institutional grants.   Achieve’s funds are distributed exclusively to educators in the ten schools of the School District of South Orange and Maplewood for classroom grants, volunteer tutors, professional development, innovative pilot programs and much more to enrich the learning experience at all grade levels.

Our Objectives

  • Support educational excellence and innovation.
  • Foster equal educational opportunities for all children.
  • Advance best teaching practices.
  • Encourage parent and community participation in our schools.
  • Improve facilities to further school pride.

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