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Mark Your Calendar – Give Local 757, May 9, 2017

Dec 22, 2016

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An Achievable Dream is joining forces with other local non-profits to participate in Give Local 757, a 24-hour Hampton Roads fundraising event where “everyone can be a philanthropist.” The event will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Give Local America Day a nationwide effort to “empower every person to give back to their local communities by supporting the organizations they trust to tackle today’s most critical issues.”

Please give An Achievable Dream your support by donating online anytime from May 9 at noon through May 10 at 11:59 pm. The minimum donation is just $10. Without An Achievable Dream, many of our students would not have the opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. The focus at all grade levels is that college and successful careers are achievable for everyone. Every gift counts and your contribution is greatly appreciated.  Your support is vital to keeping our students’ dreams achievable.

For more information, visit the Give Local 757 website here.

“While I was growing up, I heard that the odds were against me. Society had already forecast my future. Utilizing the resources and character-building lessons from An Achievable Dream, I chose not to believe anything that would go against my goals and dreams.” – Shukita Massey, Class of 2001, The Frank and Marie Blechman Scholars; Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Hampton and Adjunct Professor at Hampton University.

An Achievable Dream Announces Class of 2017 Sponsors

Nov 23, 2016

An Achievable Dream Announces Class of 2017 Sponsors

Newport News, VA – An Achievable Dream (AAD) announced that Arthur and Jean Fass and Ferguson Enterprises are the co-sponsors of the Class of 2017 during their 24th Annual Tennis Ball gala on Saturday, November 19.  As class sponsors, they will provide annual merit scholarships for each member of the class every year that they attend college and maintain a required grade point average. The graduates of the Class of 2017 will be known as The Fass Family/Ferguson Enterprises Scholars. Ferguson Enterprises also sponsored the Class of 2008 and 2016. “This year we are particularly proud to sponsor the class of 2017,” said Robert Braig, Vice President of the industrial group for Ferguson’s parent company, Wolseley , “All of us at Ferguson Enterprises are proud to be a small part of what goes on at the Achievable Dream.”

The co-sponsor of the Class of 2017 is a husband and wife who support our students and want to help them achieve their dreams. Arthur Fass, CEO of Maritime Products International, and wife, Jean Fass, were touched by our Academy many years ago. “It’s a privilege for me to be able to help sponsor this class,” said Arthur. “God bless these young children and God bless Walter Segaloff for bringing this program to this city.”

Announcement of the class sponsors is a highlight of the Tennis Ball and follows an introduction of the current seniors as they enter to the music of Pomp and Circumstance dressed in caps and gowns. Robert Braig challenged the students to “Go out there and see how well you can do.”

Class sponsorship of An Achievable Dream graduates is a concept dating from 1992 with the founding of the school by Walter Segaloff, a local businessman. The first scholarships were given to the Class of 2001 and businesses and individuals have stepped forward each year to keep Segaloff’s dream alive. To date, 95% of An Achievable Dream graduates have continued to two or four-year colleges or a trade school, while 5% have joined the military.

Previous class sponsors are: the Frank and Marie Blechman Foundation (2001); Mary Hughes, owner, Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson (2002, 2012); Michelle Jacobs, former president of the Lee Group (2003); Chesapeake Bay Seafood House Restaurants, in honor of Alan and Beverley Diamonstein (2004); Caleb and Virginia West and Dollar Tree Stores (2005); Smithfield Foods (2006, 2015); W.M. Jordan Company (2007); Ferguson Enterprises (2008); NC and Linda Hardee (2009, 2010); Bay Electric Company and the Biagas Family (2011); Aubrey and Peggy Layne (2013); and Mike and Nancy Petters (2014); Charles and Mari Ann Banks and Ferguson Enterprises (2016).

 

Senior Walk Energizes Students for Graduation

Jun 4, 2016

Seniors from An Achievable Dream High School practiced for graduation on June 3 during the 1st Annual Senior Walk through An Achievable Dream Academy. The Class of 2016 graduated on June 9 at CNU’s Ferguson Center.

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Seatack/An Achievable Dream Student Introduces Governor Wilder

May 23, 2016

TiaMarie Hughes, a third grader at Seatack Elementary/An Achievable Dream Academy, introduced former Governor Douglas Wilder during his induction to the Virginia Legends Walk in Virginia Beach on Thursday, May 19, 2016. TiaMarie and more than 60 third grade students attended the event, which was held at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The Virginia Legends Walk includes plaques for famous Virginians, including presidents, authors and musicians. Speaking to the students, Wilder said “Stick to it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t cut it.”

To read coverage by the The Virginian-Pilot, click here.

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U.S. Secretary of Education John King visits An Achievable Dream Middle and High School

May 6, 2016

An Achievable Dream was honored to host a visit from U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. and Congressman Bobby Scott on Thursday, May 5, 2016  at the Middle and High School for a discussion on youth violence prevention. During the discussion, King was briefed on An Achievable Dream’s programs and efforts by Newport News Public Schools and other organizations to prevent violence in the city.

“The key is thinking about education as a way to prevent violence from happening,” said King. “Students who are in quality educational programs, students who have quality extended-day programs, students who are involved in summer opportunities, are students who are generally going to be safe and are going to be prevented from getting involved in the things that are going to get them in trouble.”

During his visit to Hampton Roads, King also visited Norfolk State University’s Child Development Lab and Heritage High School.

Participants in the discussion included:

  • Alan Archer, Newport News Assistant City Manager
  • Kathy Edwards, President and CEO of An Achievable Dream
  • Christine Harris, Director of the Virginia Office of Humanities & Early Childhood
  • Steve Kast, former President and CEO of the Boy & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula
  • Ashby Kilgore, Superintendent of Newport News Public Schools
  • John King, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Bobby Kipper, Founder of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence
  • McKinley Price, Mayor of Newport News
  • Eric Randall, Newport News City Police Department
  • Bobby Scott, U.S. Congressman
  • Marylin Sinclair-White, Principal of An Achievable Dream Middle and High School
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Classroom Panels Reinforce Character Traits 

Feb 26, 2016

Continuing a tradition begun at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School, classrooms and spaces at Seatack Elementary / An Achievable Dream Academy are named for character traits such as citizenship, hope, respect and responsibility. Classroom sponsors joined members of An Achievable Dream’s Virginia Beach Board of Directors on February 17 to dedicate classrooms and unveil new panels.

Thank you to the Batten Educational Achievement Fund (The Commons); the Fredrickson Family Foundation (Integrity Room); the Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers Assocation (Leadership Room); Charles Barker Automotive (Trustworthy Room); and The Ruffin Family Foundation (Optimism Room) for your generous support.

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Dedication of the Founder’s Hope Wall and Walter S. Segaloff Campus

Dec 10, 2015

Article by Jane Hammond in the Daily Press, December 10, 2015.

Michael Banks grew up across the street from what is now the newly christened Walter S. Segaloff Campus of An Achievable Dream Middle and High School.

The campus and Founder’s Hope Wall in the entryway to the school were dedicated Wednesday morning to Segaloff, the founder of Achievable Dream who died in August 2013. Banks, a 2001 graduate of the high school, gave an emotional speech to sponsors, staff and Segaloff’s family during a ceremony at the school. To continue reading, click here.

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Sponsors, community support An Achievable Dream fundraiser

Dec 3, 2015

From the Daily Press, November 22, 2015

Around 800 people supported the cause of An Achievable Dream at the corporation’s 23rd annual Tennis Ball fundraiser Saturday night at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

Sponsors, donors and community members wined, dined and bid on auction items ranging from hotel packages to cars at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, all to benefit the students of Achievable Dream’s programs in Newport News and Virginia Beach.

Click here to read the entire article by Jane Hammond and to see photographs from the Tennis Ball.