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OUR MISSION

SOAR is a community-funded and directed organization dedicated to providing enrichment programs to the students of Salisbury Central School in areas not addressed in their daily school curriculum. 

 

To fulfill its mission, SOAR strives to provide equal access to its opportunities and resources without correlation to any economic, social, cultural or other identity-based factors.

 

SOAR is proud that our Board and staff are composed of local community members, and we strive to ensure family and community voice is factored into our decisions.

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: 

WHAT WE DO

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AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS​

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

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IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Organize in-school assemblies, author visits, and programs like "Region One Reads."

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TEACHER GRANTS

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

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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.

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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. 

OUR HISTORY

OUR TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lauren Brown

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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Keavy Bedell — Board Chair

Elizabeth Schaufelberger — Vice-Chair

Janet Graaff — Treasurer

Ali DeProdocini — Secretary

Darcy Boynton — Program Liaison

 

Tony Bright

Laura Bushey

Karen Faveau

Karen Lundeen

Larissa Morby

Pamela Winters

PROGRAM & EVENT COMMITTEE

Ashley Adkins

Darcy Boynton

Marta Eso

 

Stephanie Hahn

 

Deborah Apsel Lang
 

Stephanie Magyar

Kristen Neary

Raydin Neary

Kendra Percy

Bridget Sayler

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