Monday, July 26, 2010

SOAR carnival will raise money for scholarships

SOAR is holding its first Back-to-School Carnival on Saturday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Aug. 29, in the parking lot of Gateway Technical College on Pershing Park Drive.

SOAR – Scholarships, Opportunities & Access in Racine -- is creating a fun and educational time for families as they end the summer and start the school year. There will be carnival rides and games, food, an education and entertainment tent, a SOAR raffle, and a family information area, where families can sign up for dozens of programs and services that promote a good school year and healthy family life. Carnival hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Raffle grand prize is  a two-night stay for a family of four at Grand Wolf Lodge in the Wisconsin Dells. Drawing is at 5 p.m. Sunday.

In its first year of operation SOAR supported 10 students in three schools and enrolled 10 private schools in the SOAR network to support more children from economically distressed families. SOAR has 90 children on its waiting list and has stopped taking applications while trying to raise enough support to place these children in one of the 10 SOAR schools. SOAR will launch a pilot counseling program in SOAR schools next year.

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