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Is a place-based strategy implemented at Knapp Elementary School that creates partnerships between neighborhoods and resources. 

In September 2016, Knapp Elementary became Racine County’s first Community School, based on a successful model found in thousands of communities throughout the country. 

The LIFT initiative connects families from Knapp and the surrounding neighborhood with resources focused on academics, family relationships, health and social services.

The Community School was a joint effort between United Way of Racine County and the Racine Unified School District, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of individuals and the business community.

Nothing is more important to Racine County’s long-term economic prosperity than the development of a workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge required to perform the job. That development begins in the classroom and in neighborhoods. Together, we can prepare children for success in education and life by providing the resources and support they need.

Look at what we accomplished, together.


2018 LIFT Flyer Community schools increase opportunities for children to succeed in school by adding the kinds of resources known to make a difference: increased parental involvement in children’s education; extra learning opportunities through educational enrichment; consistent access to adult guidance and support; and ready access to health, dental and mental health services.

Racine Health Clinic @ Knapp School

Through a partnership with the Kenosha Community Health Center, the Racine Health Clinic at Knapp is open to all Racine residents. To learn more about services provided and payment options, please visit the clinic's website.

2016-17 Community School Partners 

American Red Cross
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
City of Racine
Focus on Community
Gateway Technical College
Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin
Girls Inc.
Lighted Schoolhouse
Living Faith Lutheran Church
Mad Hot Ballroom
Racine Art Museum
Racine County Bar Association
Racine Family YMCA
Racine Police Department
Schools of Hope
Sweatshop Movement
The Salvation Army
United Way VITA
UW Extension
Wisconsin Education Association Council
Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile
Wisconsin Vision
Your continued support of our LIFT strategy within the Community School model will continue to make a difference in the lives of families, children and the entire Knapp community.

For more information on LIFT, please contact Jamie Racine, community schools manager, at 262-456-6467.

THANK YOU to our sponsors: