LIFT Community Schools


Thanks to a partnership with the United Way of Racine County, Racine Unified currently has three community schools - Knapp (since 2016) and Julian Thomas Elementary (2019) Schools and Mitchell K-8 School (2021). 

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What is a Community School?

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 physical, dental and mental health services. The community school model makes a difference in the lives of families, children and the entire community. 

For example, each RUSD community school has a school-based mental health clinic and Knapp and Julian Thomas each have a Walking School Bus. The Walking School Bus is an attendance strategy that involves volunteers meeting students at their home and walking them to school in groups. 

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. Our community schools are a joint effort between RUSD and United Way of Racine County, driven by the generous support of community members and local businesses. Together, we can prepare children for success in education and life by providing the resources and support they need.

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