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Leap Into Action
Are you interested in starting a relationship that engages students and supports academic achievement? As an Achievement Partner, you can do just that. Partnerships are mutually beneficial relationships between community businesses/organizations and schools that enrich learning by sharing knowledge, time, and resources. Partnership activities are tailored to the needs and resources of each school and orgaization/business.

Here are just a few things we can do together:

  • Reading to Students
  • Tutoring
  • Connecting Classroom Activities to Work Life
  • Job Shadowing
  • Guest Speaking
  • Providing Workplace Tours
  • Classroom Volunteering
  • Mentoring
  • Enhancing Career Awareness
  • Serving on School Site Councils
  • After-School Programming

Influence the Future
LEAP is your chance to leave a mark on the future. More than 100 businesses and organizations have joined our effort to bring the community and the classroom together.

From pet food companies to pizza parlors, civic groups to non-profit organizations, international companies to small businesses, the Lawrence community, through LEAP, seeks to improve the academic and personal growth of local students from early childhood to high school.

Join Us!
To become an Achievement Partner or to learn more about the process, please contact the LEAP office at 785.832.2790 or

We will use the following process to establish your partnership:

1. Build the Foundation

  • Select a school with which to partner
  • Meet with the business/organization to discuss your mutual needs and resources and partnership activities that may support them
  • Identify a lead contact person plus a team of 2-3 other staff members to work collaboratively with the business/organization

2. Implementation

  • Assess the needs and resources of the organization/business and school
  • Establish a partnership agreement that outlines short and long-range goals
  • Launch the partnership by introducing the business/organization to the students and staff at the school

3. Continuity

  • Develop a system of regular communication regarding intended and actual outcomes of partnership activities
  • Meet regularly with partners to plan and evaluate partnership activities. Many schools host monthly or quarterly meetings with all partners

4. Evaluation

  • Monitor and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of partnership activity on an agreed-upon basis

For a more detailed look at the process of building a successful partnership, go to Grow a Partnership or contact or 785-832-2790.

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