WHAT WE DO

SOAR promotes the self-discovery, talents, and interests of every child at SCS. Our goal is to foster and build a life-long love of learning and engagement. We implement our mission in a variety of ways: 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Keith Marks — Board Chair

 

Keavy Bedell — Vice-Chair

 

Darcy Boynton — Program Liaison

Lisa Bradley — Secretary

 

Janet Graaff — Treasurer

 

Katie Baldwin

 

Tony Bright

 

Jean-Michele Campagne

 

Karen Hamilton

 

Josie Heacox

 

Karen Lundeen

 

Ben Metcalf

Elizabeth Schaufelberger

 

Brenda Sprague

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS​

Develop and arrange unique and enriching after-school programs and opportunities

IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Organize in-school assemblies, author visits, and programs like "Two Books, One School."

TEACHER GRANTS

Provide mini-grants to SCS teachers for curriculum-enhancing opportunities, including field trips and supplemental classroom programs.

COMMUNITY-BUILDING EVENTS

Host community-building programs and events (the SOAR Trivia Challenge, the Fall Festival Pop-up Crafts Booth, and more) that provide an opportunity for SCS students to engage with the wider community in a positive and rewarding way. 

REMOTE AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES

Our latest addition of services, created in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which allows us to continue to safely offer after-school enrichment workshops.

OUR HISTORY

OUR TEAM

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Linda Sloane

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

 

Monica Belter

 

Darcy Boynton

 

Marta Eso

 

Lisa Fenton

 

Maria Grace

 

Carol Hackett

 

Stephanie Magyar

 

Kristen Neary

 

Molly Salisbury

SOAR was founded in 2000 by Zenas Block, a chemist, entrepreneur, and business school professor who served on the Salisbury Central School Board of Finance for many years. Block envisioned an enrichment program that would bolster and augment the school’s existing curriculum, and with the help of the school’s principal at the time, C. Zbynek Gold, and SOAR’s first program director, Karen Lundeen, he made that vision come to life. 

 

Over his lifetime Block built many businesses, was awarded nineteen patents, and developed some of the first research and graduate-level courses on entrepreneurship. SOAR was his final project and one he held very dear. Block’s legacy lives on in every student who benefits from SOAR’S program. Each year, The Zenas Block Award for Excellence in Science is given to an 8th grader as a way to honor Zenas' legacy.

"The quality of a public school is the mirror of the community: it affects the future of the community, the people it attracts, and the values of the community."

Zenas Block, SOAR Founder

SOAR Educational Enrichment, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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