An Achievable Dream and Give Local 757

Apr 29, 2015

An Achievable Dream is partnering with the Peninsula Community Foundation on Give Local 757, an exciting fundraising event where “everyone can be a philanthropist.” For 24 hours, beginning Tuesday, May 5th at noon online donations may be made to An Achievable Dream through the website. Donations may also be made in person at any Langley Federal Credit Union Branch or at the AAD Corporate Office, 10858 Warwick Boulevard, Suite A in Newport News. (Please note: checks should be made payable to the Peninsula Community Foundation with “An Achievable Dream” written on the memo line.) The minimum donation is just $10!

Donations raised during Give Local 757 will be used to support three of our students, members of the En Pointe Dancers, as they attend a two-week Summer Intensive Dance Program with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City, one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world. 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 take a variety of classes taught by world renowned choreographers and master teachers, and will dance alongside members of the Joffrey Ballet. The cost of attending, including tuition, travel and housing, will be in excess of $10,000, not possible for their families. Additional funds will support all En Pointe Dancers as they compete regionally and nationally this spring and summer.

Money raised through Give Local 757 from noon on May 5 to noon on May 6 may be increased with matching funds and prizes donated by local companies. Some of the prizes include:

  • The Bay Port Credit Union First Donation – First nonprofit to receive a donation wins $500
  • Early Bird Prizes – The first 4 nonprofits that reach $1,500 in donations will win $500 each.
  • Lunch Time Prize – Highest # of donations between 12 noon and 1 PM on May 5 – $500
  • The 7:57 PM Prize – Nonprofit that receives a donation closest to 7:57 PM on May 5 wins $500
  • 757th donation – Nonprofit that receives the 757th donation wins $500
  • The Midnight Hour Prize – Nonprofit that receives the donation closest to midnight on May 5 wins $500
  • The 7:57 AM Prize – Nonprofit that receives a donation closest to 7:57 AM on May 6 wins $500
  • Morning Commute – Highest # of donations between 7 am and 9 am on May 6 – $500 to that nonprofit.
  • Grand Prize – The nonprofit with the highest # of unique donations will win the grand prize of $2,500.

Two of our teachers, Liza Smith and Janniece Haughton, have dedicated their time and considerable talent to helping AAD students find joy and possible career paths through dance. After several years of sponsoring the En Pointe Dancers club at the Academy, the pair opened Dreams in Motion Dance Studio in downtown Newport News last fall to provide additional instruction and continuing dance classes for older students who have moved on to the middle and high school. Both teachers volunteer their time, instructing dance classes nearly every evening and on Saturdays.

Please support our dancers and make dreams come true by donating to An Achievable Dream through from noon on May 5 to noon on May 6.



Speakers Enhance Learning

Feb 2, 2015

Presentations by community leaders during the Morning Programs at An Achievable Dream Academy and An Achievable Dream Middle and High School enhance student experience and our character development program. A variety of topics are discussed, from careers to education, current events, healthy living and sports, among others. Middle school students are also getting involved, forming teams to present timely information to their peers about subjects related to their school experience.

Recent speakers have included Kathy Hornsby, photographer and community leader, Hampton University Athletes and Dave Krop, the director of the U.S.S. Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum.

For more information or to get involved, contact: Amy Ritchie, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, 757-599-9472 or


Kathy Hornsby talks with students following her presentation. Mrs. Hornsby shared photographs from her travels around the world.


Hampton University Athletes discuss their sports, and the importance of practice and good grades.

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Dave Krop, director of the U.S.S. Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum spoke on careers in the museum field.


Winter 2015 Achievements

Jan 26, 2015

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

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Smithfield Foods Sponsoring Class of 2015

Nov 20, 2014

Smithfield Foods was named the sponsor of An Achievable Dream’s Class of 2015 during the 22nd Annual Tennis Ball, held on November 15, 2014 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The announcement followed a rousing standing ovation as the senior class entered the ballroom dressed in graduation caps and gowns to the music of Pomp and Circumstance. Larry Pope, CEO of Smithfield Foods, spoke on behalf of the company, conveying the excitement and pride of everyone at Smithfield in supporting An Achievable Dream.

As the class sponsor, Smithfield Foods will provide annual merit scholarships for each member of the class each year that they attend college. The graduates of the Class of 2015 will be known as The Smithfield Foods Scholars.

Smithfield Foods also sponsored the Class of 2006 and is the annual Dinner Sponsor for the Tennis Ball.

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AAD Middle and High School Closed Today due to Flooding

Sep 9, 2014

Please note: An Achievable Dream Middle and High School is closed today, Tuesday, September 9, due to flooding.Students will be returned to their bus stops when possible. Students whose bus stops cannot be reached due to road conditions will be taken to Heritage High School for the remainder of the day. The Academy IS OPEN on a regular schedule.

An Achievable Dream Starts in Virginia Beach

Aug 12, 2014

Students lined up in front of Seatack Elementary in Virginia Beach early on July 21, eager to shake hands with teachers and administrators. Shaking hands with teachers, administrators and military personnel from NAS Oceana will be a part of students’ new daily routine. Read full article from Inside Business here.

Summer Intersession Begins In Virginia Beach

Jul 23, 2014

Seatack Elementary, An Achievable Dream Academy opened on Monday, July 21 in Virginia Beach for Summer Intersession. Students were met by teachers and administrators for the daily handshake before proceeding to their new classrooms. During the two week orientation program, students will learn about the Morning Program and will begin social rotation classes. “We had a wonderful first day,” said a second grade teacher. “The teachers and students are so excited about this program!” Summer Intersession will culminate in a special induction ceremony on July 30. Students will have the remainder of the summer off, returning on Tuesday, September 2, the first day of school for all Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

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In this first year, students in kindergarten through second grade who are zoned to the Seatack Elementary, An Achievable Dream Academy will attend. Students will wear uniforms and will participate in the program’s award-winning SAME® (social, academic and moral education) curriculum, which focuses on preparation for college and careers. Zoned third through fifth grade students will continue at Seatack Elementary, and the principal and staff will work to share An Achievable Dream experiences with all students. One class will be added to the Seatack Elementary, An Achievable Dream Academy each year. In three years, a second location will be added to ensure that students remain in An Achievable Dream through middle and high school.

En Pointe Dancers Awarded National Championship

Jul 16, 2014

An Achievable Dream Academy’s En Pointe Dancers were named National Champions in Myrtle Beach, SC during the weekend of July 12-13, 2014. The troupe competed against 36 other elementary age dance groups from around the country.

Their performance of “Wade in the Water” earned a High Platinum score and 1st Place finish for their performance as well as 1st Place Overall in their division. The piece also received a Legendary Performance Award from the judges.

Other individual and group performances received high marks and recognition from the audience and judges. The performance “Symphony of Brotherhood,” which features the male dancers in the troupe, earned a Platinum score, 1st Place Finish, and 8th overall in the division. “One Night Only” earned a Dynamic Divas Award from the judges.