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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

Keavy Bedell — Board Chair

Elizabeth Schaufelberger — Vice-Chair

 

Darcy Boynton — Program Liaison

Janet Graaff — Treasurer

Lisa Bradley — Secretary

Katie Baldwin

Tony Bright

Ali DeProdocini

Brent Francoline

Karen Hamilton

Josie Heacox

Karen Lundeen

Keith Marks

Brenda Sprague

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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 "Two Books, One School."

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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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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. 

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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.

OUR HISTORY

OUR TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Linda Sloane

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

 

Darcy Boynton

Monica Belter

Brenda Boone

Marta Eso

Maria Grace
 

Stephanie Magyar

Kristen Neary

Molly Salisbury

Bridget Sayler

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.