On Saturday evening, November 16th, Staci Hicks, CFO, and Cara Theiss, Marketing Manager, were pleased to represent The Roofing & Remodeling Company at the 21st annual Tennis Ball, a fundraiser for An Achievable Dream.
On Saturday evening, November 16th, Staci Hicks, CFO, and Cara Theiss, Marketing Manager, were pleased to represent The Roofing & Remodeling Company at the 21st annual Tennis Ball, a fundraiser for An Achievable Dream. Along with more than 900 members of the community, they enjoyed dinner, silent and live auctions, and an inspiring program featuring the Achievable Dream Class of 2014.
An Achievable Dream (AAD) operates two nationally recognized K-12 schools through a unique partnership with Newport News Public Schools. A third school will open in July 2014 due to a new partnership with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Through the generosity of donors and the Hampton Roads business community, AAD offers a quality education in a nurturing environment, the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with caring adults, and the chance to take part in engaging enrichment activities during both the academic day and hours spent outside of school. Faculty and staff go beyond academics to provide students with a comprehensive SAME® (Social, Academic and Moral Education) curriculum. The results speak for themselves:
This Tennis Ball was particularly emotional as it was the first without Walter Segaloff, founder and CEO of AAD. Walter passed away unexpectedly on August 18th at the age of 82. Raised in Newport News, he spent his career as the president and CEO of Virginia Specialty Store, Inc., a woman’s clothing store chain. In 1992, frustrated by the lack of an educated workforce and realizing that not every child in Newport News could achieve the “American Dream,” Walter collaborated with local business, academic and government leaders to establish AAD as a summer tennis and educational enrichment program. The program has since blossomed into a year-round school, with graduates now giving back to the community as lawyers, teachers, engineers, ministers, naval officers and many other careers.
This is another cause that hits close to home for us. Kim Braxton, Lead Receptionist, has a son that graduated from the Achievable Dreams Academy. Here’s what Kim has to say.
“My son, DaSean Braxton, was part of The Dream from 1994 until he graduated in 2007. The Dream played such a major part of his learning and growing. When he was promoted from third grade to fourth grade, his third grade teacher became his fourth grade teacher. This meant that the teacher already knew what his weaknesses and strengths were, and they were addressed head-on. The Dream taught the children to respect themselves, others and their community. Being that Sean is an only child, many of The Dream students became his extended family, brothers and sisters from another mother. Sometimes I would come home, and there would be a house full of Dreamers.
“An Achievable Dream offered my son a quality education, in a caring and nurturing environment that aided in the development of meaningful relationships with dedicated adults. Every morning they had uniform inspections (pants ironed, shirts tucked in, ties and belts) and they recited Banners. These Banners were positive affirmations that reminded each student of the school’s beliefs and expectations. Along with The Banners, each and every morning, students were greeted with smiling faces and handshakes.
“An Achievable Dream has extended school hours. For myself, a single parent, this was a Godsend. The longer hours meant I could work full-time and not worry about where or what my son was doing. His school day ended at 5pm.
“An Achievable Dream Academy offered my son a curriculum that challenged him, and boosted his confidence and self-esteem. Long after my son graduated in 2007, he is STILL in contact with some of the staff of An Achievable Dream. He has gone back to help set up computer labs or to just help organize uniforms.
“An Achievable Dream is such a positive force in the community and I’m always excited and happy when they are recognized as such. Mr. Segaloff knew and believed that the only way to end poverty is education. With An Achievable Dream, he has given students, along with their parents, hope for a better future.”