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Bringing Back the Spice - SOAR's 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off Marked for April 9th

Save the date for SOAR’s 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off. The event will be held at Southern Hills Church Family Life Center from 4-7 PM on April 9th. This is our most exciting fundraiser of the year! Establishing a chili team is an easy way to advertise your business and/or organization. So break out those recipes, round up those teammates and have a “Yee Haw” of a good time.  There will be prizes for Judged Best Chili, People’s Choice Best Chili and Best Decorated Booth.  Registration forms can be picked up at the Salem Public Library or downloaded from our website- www.soarliteracy.org. Completed forms can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dropped off at the SOAR office located in the Salem Public Library. Also, again this year to go along with the fun of the cook-off, we will have a live and a silent auction. If you would like to donate auction items- Please contact Stephanie at 812-883-5600.

Admission tickets will be available at the door: $5.00 for adult, $3.00 for children.

Also, businesses, individuals and organizations can sponsor a table. Levels of sponsorship are: Pepperoncini - $100.00, Jalapeno- $250.00 and Habanero- $500.00 or more. Sponsorship will be publicized in newspaper, social media and at event. Call Stephanie at the SOAR office at 812-883-5600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  As always, your participation, sponsorship and fellowship for this great cause is tremendously appreciated.

Click here to register for the 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off!

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SOAR Completes 2015 Dictionary Project!

Dictionary ProjectIf you had a 3rd grader at your Thanksgiving table recently, you might have been quizzed about the longest word in the English language, a formula for the protein found in tryptophan which is found in turkey. SOAR completed The Dictionary Project to a total of 310 third graders in Washington County last month. Longtime SOAR volunteers Alice Nevels and Ken Powell, along with Director Stephanie K. Rockey, who conducts this project, visited all 3 schools and gave each 3rd grader a dictionary and bookmark with a list of community sponsors.

In addition to a lesson on dictionary usage, other "special" areas in the dictionary were explored such as Presidential biographies, the multiplication table, the Planets, and charts for Sign language and Braille. Students were teased that their teacher might include the formula for tryptophan, consisting of 1,909 letters, on their next spelling test which definitely got their attention!

The Dictionary Project is a national project that started in 1992 and has given out over 26 million dictionaries nationwide to school children. SOAR is proud to continue this mission here in our community to help increase our literacy rate and to invest in our community's future. Our mission would not be possible without the investment of the following businesses, individuals and organizations who sponsored this year's Dictionary Project: Ace Hardware of Salem, Burl & Carmelita Jean, First Harrison Bank, Fredericksburg Lions Club, Hunt’s Hard Surface Solutions, Jeans’ Extrusions, Jerry & Sherry Hammond, Kearschner Family Dentistry, Knapp Miller Brown Insurance, Norman and Anne Terrell, Regions Bank, Rita Elliott, Ron Haendiges State Farm Insurance, Salem Exchange Club, Salem Lions Club, Salem Masons #21 F & AM, and Tom E. Scifres-Attorney at Law. Because of our sponsors and volunteers, this year's project was a huge success! 

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Kid's Day at the Fair

Kid's Day at the Fair was a huge success! We teamed up with other community organizations to promote "breaking the chain of addiction." Three hundred and eight children made symbolic links for a chain that will be broken at the closing of the Summer Reading Program at Myers Pool on July 25th at 5:30. The chain will be stretched across the pool and the kids will break the chain as they jump into the water. Breaking the chain is symbolic to "breaking the chain" of addiction of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Addiction leads to poverty, child abuse and low literacy skills. We are working to stop the domino effect.