February Soar in 4 Event!

February 1st

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

At the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez



Soar with the Young Eagles!

Free airplane rides for kids AND a pancake breakfast! 

Hosted by EAA Chapter 180

Registration is Required 

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Soar in 4 has NEW Social Media Features!

Not only is Soar in 4 on Facebook, we have provided some new tools on our website for you to interact with Facebook. At the top right corner of each page, you’ll see a Facebook icon which links directly to our @soarin4manatee Facebook Page.

We have also set up links on all articles, documents and photo posts so you can DIRECTLY share them with family and friends; use either the blue Facebook icon or the brown Email icon.

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Soar in 4 Partners with WEDU PBS & PBS KIDS select dates this coming school year!

Join Soar in 4 for a series of special learning celebrations in partnership with WEDU PBS and PBS KIDS select dates during the 2020-21 school year! These FREE events will be held at various locations and feature fun, educational activities for children and families, great take-home materials, and meet-and-greet appearances by your favorite PBS KIDS characters! Visit our calendar for all dates and locations!

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We are in the News!

Find the article and watch the video on MySuncoast ABC 7!

Program aims to bring elementary school students to proficient reading levels

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Ms. Luanne's Front Porch

A new series of video episodes designed to help children and their families to imagine, explore and develop the skills they will need for learning.

Each segment highlights a Neighborhood Hero and takes the viewer on a virtual field trip to connect the family to a local high school.

Ms. Luanne's Video Library

Parent Resources

The Soar in 4 Program provides numerous resources to help parents achieve success in family and career endeavors. Browse our parent resource library to see the variety of opportunities we have to offer!

Parent Resource Library

The STEAM Machine

You are invited to participate in this great opportunity to capture kids’ interest through engaging learning experiences.

Our STEAM Machine will come to you! We will provide one hour sessions inside your classroom that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and/or Mathematics. 

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Volunteers and Facilitators Needed!

Have a big heart and like to work with children? Volunteer with Soar in 4!

We also need Soar in 4 Facilitators!  If you have a passion to help children and empower families, we might have a position for you as a Soar in 4 Facilitator!

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Soar in 4

Soar In 4 ensures children from families of all races, ethnicities, incomes, abilities, and languages have the support they need for healthy growth, development and school readiness. 

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What is Soar in 4?

Soar in 4 is Manatee County’s monthly movement to ensure all early learners and their families have the opportunities and support they need for success in preschool, school and beyond. Soar in 4 is a collaborative effort to ensure all children are reading on grade level by the end of third grade, by focusing on 15 economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. 

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Soar in 4 launched 5 innovative strategies that are transforming Manatee’s approach to early childhood education and school readiness.

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Through a community based multi-part planning process, we identified, defined and implemented a shared neighborhood vision.

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Helpful resources related to our initiatives: Parent Leadership Models, Program Quality Improvement Models, Health Screenings and more.

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A legacy of progress. Through these efforts Soar in 4 has catalyzed neighborhood conversations and sparked new thinking about school readiness.

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School Communities We Serve

The Soar in 4 Program serves 15 high need school zones, but plans expanding to cover all of Manatee County’s Title I elementary schools by 2022. For more information or to learn how to enroll your family in the program, contact your zoned school.

Abel Elementary

Soarin4 School

Samantha Webb, Principal

7100 Madonna Place
Sarasota, FL 34243


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Ballard Elementary

Mike Masiello, Principal

912 18th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205


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Bayshore Elementary

Bernadette Pletcher, Principal

6120 26th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207


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Blackburn Elementary

Latrina Singleton, Principal

3904 17th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221


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Daughtrey Elementary

Shelby Bench, Principal

515 63rd Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34203


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Manatee Elementary

Tami VanOverbeke, Principal

1609 6th Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208


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Moody Elementary

Tina Stancil, Principal

5425 38th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34209


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Oneco Elementary

Nicole Williams, Principal

5214 22nd Street Court East
Bradenton, FL 34203


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Palm View K-8

Kaththea Johnson, Principal

6025 Bayshore Road
Palmetto, FL 34221


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Palmetto Elementary

Billie-Jo Tyne-Fintel, Principal

1540 10th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221


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Prine Elementary School

Lynne Menard, Principal

3801 Southern Parkway
Bradenton, FL 34205


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Rogers Garden-Bullock

Pat Stream, Principal

515 13th Ave West
Bradenton, FL 34205


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Samoset Elementary

Maribeth Mason, Principal

3300 19th Street East
Bradenton, FL 34209


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Sea Breeze Elementary

Greg Sander, Principal

3601 71st Street West
Bradenton, FL 34209


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Tillman Elementary

Marla Massi-Blackmore, Principal

1415 29th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221


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The Soar in 4 Program