Community-Based After School Program Expands Services

A $50,000 grant from the Barancik Foundation will support SOAR's educational programs through summer 2021.

By Staff September 9, 2020

SOAR's Jacquelyn Paulk and David Rubin

SOAR's Jacquelyn Paulk and David Rubin

Image: Alan Cresto

The new SOAR Learning Center, Jacquelyn Paulk Campus, located on N. Links Ave. in Newtown, recently received $50,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to support educational programs for the remainder of the 2020 school year through the 2021 four-week summer program. This funding will help provide needed support for teacher salaries, adding an additional day to SOAR's weekly schedule, and allow the organization to hire a new curriculum specialist to expand its services.

SOAR was founded in 2004 by Jacquelyn Paulk; its brand-new, 3,000-square-foot facility has four classrooms with digital interactive boards, a main room for homework, a computer station, kitchen, library and a playground and picnic area.

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