Through a partnership between United Way of Racine County and the Racine Unified School District, Knapp Elementary School was converted to a community school in 2016, with Julian Thomas following in 2019 and Mitchell School this fall.

Through its Link and Inspire for Tomorrow (LIFT) strategy, United Way looks to “increase student opportunity to succeed in school” through “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,” according to its website.