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.

Founders Wall 1


Founders Wall 2

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.

An Achievable Dream’s Work Continues

From the Daily Press, November 21, 2015

The vision remains unchanged at An Achievable Dream Academy since the death of founder Walter Segaloff in August 2013.

Students still get their uniforms checked by soldiers from Fort Eustis, recite banners that say things such as “I can go to college if I work hard” and are given a handshake and a smile from teachers and staff when they arrive in the morning.

Click here to read the entire article by Jane Hammond and to see video taken at An Achievable Dream Academy.


An Achievable Dream Announces New Board Members

Aug 17, 2015

Newport News, VA, August 5, 2015 – An Achievable Dream (AAD) announces the appointment of six new members to its Newport News Boards of Directors. In partnership with Newport News Public Schools, AAD operates An Achievable Dream Academy (K – 5th grade) and An Achievable Dream Middle and High School (6th – 12th grade). “We are excited to welcome new Board members to An Achievable Dream,” said Kathy Edwards, president and CEO. “Their expertise and experience will bring new guidance and fresh ideas in support of our Dreamers.”

New Board members are:

An Achievable Dream, Inc. Board:

Mari Ann Banks is an active volunteer and community leader who has served on several boards including the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and the Virginia Living Museum.

Kenneth Johnson is the founder of Eagle Enterprises, Inc., an exclusive distributor for Boeing and Apache Helicopter parts. He serves on the PROC committee for the City of Hampton, has received numerous awards from the Department of Defense, the City of Hampton, and most recently, the 2015 Inside Business Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

An Achievable Dream Middle and High School Board:

Ray Bagley serves as vice president of trading operations for Newport News Shipbuilding, responsible for production labor resources and processes, plant engineering and maintenance, waterfront support services, training, instructional design and The Apprentice School. He has served on the Union Negotiating Committee and is a two-time recipient of the Newport News Shipbuilding President’s Model of Excellence Award.

Kevin Harrison is the owner/operator of Chick-Fil-A restaurants located at Newport News and the founder of Flat-Out Events, a sport management company responsible for the Newport News Marathon, as well as the Run for the Dream, which benefits An Achievable Dream.

Thomas W. Meehan, Sr. is president and broker with CD West and Company. He serves on the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula Board of Directors and is vice chairman of the   Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission.

James Schloss retired from Smithfield Foods where he served as vice president of sales and marketing. He has volunteered with An Achievable Dream for approximately six years as a consultant on marketing and led the creation of the current logo.

Click here for a list of all Board members.


Summer 2015 Achievements Newsletter

Jul 15, 2015

Catch up on the latest news from An Achievable Dream. Click here to read the Summer 2015 Achievements newsletter.

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An Evening of Dreams Excites

Jun 11, 2015

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

Jun 10, 2015

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

Jun 9, 2015

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.

An Achievable Dream Raises More Than $6,000 during Give Local 757

May 28, 2015

During Give Local 757, a 24-hour fundraising event held May 5-6, 2015, An Achievable Dream raised more than $6,000 from 77 Donors; ranking #12 out of 160+ participating nonprofits. Held in conjunction with Give Local America and sponsored by the Peninsula, Suffolk and Southeast Virginia Community Foundations, the event encouraged online donations through the website to registered nonprofits serving the Hampton Roads region. Donations were also made at the AAD office. The minimum donation was just $10, which attracted new and younger donors.

The funds will be used to support three members of An Achievable Dream’s award-winning En Pointe Dancers as they travel to New York City to attend a 2-week Summer Intensive Program with the Joffrey Ballet. The girls were chosen following a region-wide audition and were among the few accepted from a large group of dancers. During this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, they will attend classes taught by world renowned choreographers and master teachers, and will dance alongside members of the Joffrey Ballet in recitals. The cost of attending, including tuition, travel and housing, will be in excess of $10,000.

Additional funds will be used to support the entire dance troupe as they participate in regional and national competitions this summer and to supplement the cost of costumes, shoes, and equipment.

After several years of sponsoring the En Pointe Dancers as a school club, teachers Liza Smith and Janniece Haughton opened Dreams in Motion, a dance studio in downtown Newport News, to provide additional instruction and continuing dance classes for older students who have moved on to the middle and high school. Both teachers and two additional dance instructors volunteer their time, instructing dance classes nearly every evening and on Saturdays.

An Achievable Dream plans to participate in Give Local 757 in May 2016.