SPRING 2009


Welcome, New LEAP Partners!
Premier Martial Arts -
Schwegler elementary school
Rotaract -
East Heights Early Chidhood Family Center
Quiznos Subs -
District-wide partner
Bambino's at the Grove - Central Junior High School
Printing Solutions - Central Junior High School


2009 LEAP Annual Awards Announced!


Lawrence Education Achievement Partners (LEAP) present annual Luminary Awards to honor individual volunteers who make outstanding contributions to their organization’s partnership with a school or the school district. This year’s recipient: Diane Simpson (pictured above, right) of Stevens and Brand, LLP. Simpson has been active with the law firm’s partnership with New York Elementary for seven years. New York staff members say that Simpson has volunteered countless hours reading weekly with fifth-grade students, reading with students as a lunch buddy, baking cookies for special school events and helping with school events, such as the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Chili Feed.

Simpson coordinates New York fifth-graders’ annual spring field trip to Stevens and Brand. The students walk to the law office from school. “Our students feel so important enjoying their lunch while sitting in the big leather chairs around the oval table in the board room,” said New York Principal Nancy DeGarmo. After lunch, the fifth-graders take a short walk to the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center to meet with a judge and learn about the judicial system. The students take turns playing the roles of the judge, jury, prosecution, defense, bailiff and court reporter. “Diane arranges everything for this annual field trip, right down to preparing the students’ lunch,” DeGarmo said. “The New York staff appreciates that this activity aligns perfectly with the fifth-grade social studies curriculum.”

LEAP’s Five-Star Achievement Award recognizes a business or organization’s success with key components of an effective partnership. This year’s honoree: LRM Industries, a partner with Lawrence High (Laura Glass pictured above, left).

Lawrence High Latin teacher Jason Lichte approached LRM about helping with the school’s courtyard renovation project. Laura Glass and Steve Glass of LRM Industries agreed to hear a business presentation from Lichte’s students about the project. “Not only did LRM accept the students’ proposal to donate the concrete needed for the courtyard project, Steve and Laura listened to the students and offered their constructive criticism. My students got to feel the real-world pressure of a professional meeting and interview. They learned skills that they will be able to use in the future in their own careers,” Lichte said.

LEAP presented its Luminary and Five-Star Achievement Awards at the Follies. Pictured with honorees Diane Simpson and Laura Glass are Susan Esau and LEAP Council chairman Mark Heider.

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LEAP Mission Statement
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IN THIS ISSUE:

•Welcome new LEAP partners!


•2009 LEAP Awards

Quarterly Alliance Newsletter


• LEAP Mission Statement