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SOAR OF RACINE INC
September 24, 2010

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 did not have the means to go. When San Juan Diego Middle closed because of the economy and grants were how the school fuctioned, Laura stepped up took everything in her power to be sure SOAR was up and running so the San Juan Diego children who did not have money for a private school could go to a private school. The scholarships for the children to go to the private schools is from constant letter writing, grant writing, contacting individuals, businesses. Laura knows how the system works. I was fortunate to be helping with closing the books of San Juan - when children would come in with their parents to her office saying they wanted to go to a private school. This is a wonderful non-profit. Also besides the scholarships given to children, Laura has a mentoring program with each child that has a scholarship to have a mentor whether in high school or middle school or grade school. I was fortunate last year to have an eighth grader at John Paul Academy II - besides me helping her every Tuesday afternoon, she taught me a lot too! The Christmas program was very enjoyable and I helped with it because my mentee was in it as a sheep. She had to make her own custume and did a great job. The bonding of mentor/mentee is amazing and very meaningfull. SOAR has a breakfast I think it is four times a year - to ask people to be Table Captains and invite people to hear the story of SOAR and give. Laura makes sure there are students there and they tell their story. I am moved by Laura's compassion to help the children that want to learn in a private school. The Board of Directors are wonderful and also willing to help Laura. This year I am mentoring a sixth grader I just started last night. We worked with Science and again I'm learning all over again. I'm also a donor to help these children go to and learn at a private school. SOAR is a Compassionate/Worthwhile non-profit.

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As I mentored under this organization, I have seen children that would be lost in a public school system blossom to be great students, learn to accept all nationalites and very energetic and exciting to learn.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Donor & I helped an 8th Grader every Tuesday Afternoon with homework. and now I have a sixth Grader at the John Paul Academy II.