Once a year, The Achieve Foundation, a volunteer organization in our two towns, Maplewood and South Orange, New Jersey, holds a “Night of 100 Dinners.”
This night began with 10 individuals hosting 10 people each at a dinner party at their home, hence, “the 100 dinners.” Now, eleven years later, it has grown into something much larger! This evening, 75 hosts opened their homes to over 1000 people across the two towns.
Hosts create the theme, guest lists and provide all the food and entertainment for their own parties. Each guest is asked to make a donation and all of the money goes to the Achieve Foundation which in turn, “funds provide classroom grants, volunteer tutors, professional development, family outreach, and technology and facility improvements to enrich the learning experience at all grade levels.”
As the recipient of several Achieve grants over the past few years, I was asked to speak at two of those events to talk about how I have benefited from these grants. I have been so fortunate. In my eight years teaching in the district, I have received several reading based grants, a math grant and one science based grant which have all gone directly back into my classroom.
The Achieve Foundation made this possible and I am so grateful for all that they do for our school community. Tonight, I extend a great big thank you to everyone who participated in this evening to help make it such a success.