Monthly Archives: June 2015

An Evening of Dreams Excites

On Saturday, May 30, nearly 300 guests attended the first annual An Evening of Dreams, a cocktail party benefiting An Achievable Dream Virginia Beach, held at The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. The evening was filled with great music, delicious food and cocktails, games and a few surprises. WTKR Anchors Barbara Ciara and Blaine Stewart were the emcees. The highlight of the event was the introduction of the Achievable Dream High School Class of 2015, accompanied by two members of An Achievable Dream Virginia Beach Class of 2025.

Click here to go to the An Achievable Dream Facebook page to see photos of the event.


An Achievable Dream Graduates Largest Class

An Achievable Dream’s Class of 2015 received their diplomas to rousing cheers of family and friends during a ceremony at CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts on Thursday, June 4. All members of the class, most of whom have been together since early elementary school, are going on to college, a trade school or the military. Valedictorian Adrianna Diggs will be attending Rutgers University and will be joining the Army ROTC. The Class of 2015 has been awarded over $1.7 million in scholarships and were accepted into 141 different colleges and universities.

During his remarks, Keynote Speaker Larry Pope, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods, outlined 10 important steps for success, stressing a positive outlook, being on time and helping others. Smithfield Foods is the sponsor of the Class of 2015. Their generous donation provides annual merit scholarships for the members of the class for each year they attend college. Along with the Class of 2006, which Smithfield Foods also sponsored, the Class of 2015 will be known as the Smithfield Foods Scholars.

Click here to read an article from the Daily Press.



Seatack Elementary, An Achievable Dream Academy Wins Award

Seatack Elementary, An Achievable Dream Academy was given a “Virginia Beach Best All Around” Award from the Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Office and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation during the 37th Annual Virginia Beach’s Best All Around Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  The awards were presented by Mayor Will Sessoms and keynote speaker, Daniel Young, Esq. to deserving youth, adults, businesses and organizations. Those recognized in the businesses/organizations category have created an organizational culture of support for young people.

in partnership with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, An Achievable Dream expanded to Seatack Elementary, An Achievable Dream Academy in July 2014 with students in kindergarten through second grade. An additional grade will be added each year for students to attend through high school. The recent second grade class will graduate from high school in 2025.

The Virginia Beach’s Best All Around awards are based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets®, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that help young people grow up to be healthy, principled and caring adults.