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Phone: 262-498-9425
PO Box 1782
600-21st ST.

Racine
Wisconsin 53401
USA
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Target demographics: In Racine 58% of the children attending public school are living in poverty. Collectively, one-third of that population is not reading at grade level, half are not computing mathematics at grade level and more than half do not have grade-level language arts skills. SOAR seeks to bridge the academic gap by providing private education and support to children in poverty.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We are new, so this year we have 13 to date with 77 on the waiting list.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Mentor a student one hour a week, mentor a family in economic distress, prepare mailings, assist in our fundraising breakfasts and introduce us to people who have passion for what we do.

Geographic areas served: Greater Racine

Programs: Scholarships to 10 private schools, Mentoring program, Summer Enrichment Program, School Counseling Initiative.

Mission:
SOAR is commited to providing opportunities for excellent education by developing resources and support for partner schools and through scholarships awarded to families with limited financial resources in the Greater Racine Area.
Results:
There are 10 private schools that are in the SOAR network working to bridge the academic gap for children in poverty. 2009-10 was the first year of SOAR. Ten students attended three private schools. Collectively, they maintained a B- grade-point average, were each matched with a mentor, and worked at least one day after school on homework with assistance. Their school attendance was better than 95% as a group. There are 13 students attending 4 schools so far in the program for 2010-11. We have 77 more on our waiting list.

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09/24/10
I have worked with Laura Sumner-Coon at another non-profit - San Juan Diego Middle School. I saw all the expertise she has to be Executive Director of a non-profit. When SOAR began, I knew nothing about it. I was not aware of the possibilities for children who wanted to go to private schools that ... more »
09/23/10
This has been the first year that St. John's Lutheran has been part of the S.O.A.R. family. It has been wonderful working with Laura Sumner Coon. Her devotion and dedication to this program is tremendous. She has provided our school and faculty with in-service opportunities, a network of ... more »
09/23/10
SOAR is an extremely valuable community resource for children and parents in the Racine community who are seeking access to quality education. SOAR is also offering a great resource for teachers and administrators who work in schools that are affiliated with the program by providing access to in-... more »
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