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November 5, 2018

Abigail, Dominick, Kaitlynn, Michael and Malachi from Bayshore Elementary

A Florida born and raised mom eagerly watches son Malachi squeal at the Manatees during October 17th’s Soar in 4 at the South Florida Museum. At least their fourth time at Soar in Four, the family has a two-year-old, and two sets of twins—three-year-old girls and four-year-old boys. The four oldest attend Bayshore Elementary. Children Abigail, Dominick, Kaitlynn, Michael, Malachi have returned to Soar with Mom and Dad every month since their first time to enjoy the activities. “They are so interactive and give us ideas of stuff to do at home; we love getting out of the house and getting new [activity] ideas.” The family treats Soar as a special family outing, participating in activities together such as building. “They love to build,” says Mom, “but they really REALLY love their teachers.” This is evident as the kids wave vigorously at their teachers while watching the manatees and take frequent breaks from observing the animals to run and give another hug or high-five.

The family also appreciates community organizations’ attendance and has learned much about the resources available in Manatee County.

Bayshore Elementary students Abigail, Dominick, Kaitlynn, Michael, and Malachi return to Soar with Mom and Dad for at least the fourth time to learn new activities to play at home and enjoy an evening out as a family. “They love to build,” says Mom, “but they really REALLY love their teachers.” This is evident as the kid’s wave vigorously at their teachers while watching the manatees and take frequent breaks from observing the animals to run and give another hug or high-five.

Teachers from the Soar neighborhoods host activities every month to support classroom learning, and encourage their students to attend regularly. Bayshore Elementary teachers, featured here, were consistently surrounded by their students while parents. Families expressed their gratitude for the Soar in 4 evenings so they can learn as a family and connect with those teaching their children day in and out.