Isabella and Michael have been attending Soar in 4 for two years with their grandmother, their full-time guardian. Sea Breeze students now in 1st and 3rd grade, they continue to return to check in on the manatees and find new activities. Storytelling has been a pivotal part of Michael’s growth and ability to thrive. “Michael struggles so much with reading, but the stories made a big impression on him. He struggled so much with reading, but last year started to fall in love with storytelling and now is doing much better with reading. Miss Bailey [Michael’s teacher] works to connect storytelling with reading so that he can also be inspired by reading. He loves art and the artistic nature of storytelling, which he now is staring to recognize with reading.” Soar in 4 activities like storytelling relate and reinforce vital aspects of school curriculum.