S O A R :
Student Opportunities for After-school Resources
SOAR is a program intended to supplement the efforts of educators at
the local school and improve the reading literacy skills of children in
kindergarten through seventh grade. Hosted by Booker T. Washington School in Champaign, IL, the after-school program
provides homework and reading help to students in kindergarten through
seventh grade. The program serves
approximately 40 students. The idea for the program came from the deeply
expressed need by families in the Shadowwood community, who are mainly
recent Spanish-speaking immigrants, and the desire of Booker T. Washington
School, where many of the Shadowwood children attend, to meet that need.
The primary purpose is to provide homework and reading help to children
who are most in need of some extra support to boost their academic interest and ability.
This site will provide a starting point for tutors,
educators and parents of the children who are participating in the SOAR
program to develop the best practices possible to reach these students.
The emphasis of this informational site will be on strategies and
resources designed for both the novice tutor or parent as well as the
experienced educator on what tools to use, what approaches to take and how
to bring about improvement and enhance skills for reading.
“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read
at age three and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that
went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” Oprah Winfrey
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that
you learn, the more places you'll go.”Dr. Seuss