Students at Melissa Ridge Intermediate met after school on Wednesday to kick off the school’s S.O.A.R. leadership clubs for the 2016-17 school year.


Students Organized to Achieve Results, or S.O.A.R., encourages student involvement and success and is made up of 10 leadership clubs focused on school spirit, reading, art, chess, math, engineering, maker-space, music, school news and yearbook. Students involved in S.O.A.R. are required to attend at least one weekly club meeting after school each month.


More than 150 fourth and fifth grade students signed up to participate in a S.O.A.R. after school club this year, which is more than 30 percent of the total student body. When applying, students were asked to answer prompts such as, “Why is being a leader on campus important to you?” and “Give an example of a time you have played a leadership role.”


Principal Tami Hayes shared her excitement about the growth of the S.O.A.R. program and what it means for students and the school culture.


“As we focus on building leadership skills and developing the whole child, S.O.A.R. is a great opportunity for our students to achieve in areas that interest them,” Hayes said. “We are excited to have so many students participate this year as S.O.A.R. continues to grow and we add more clubs. Our music, art, maker-space, yearbook, and reading clubs are all new this year and were created based on students and teachers’ passions.”


Parents and students can learn more about S.O.A.R. on the Melissa Ridge Intermediate page.