Mississippi Association of Partners in Education #PartnershipPower
2011 Partnership Excellence Award Power APAC and
Watkins, Ludlam Winter & Stennis – Partnership of Power
Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex and the law firm
of Watkins Ludlam Winter and Stennis have had a powerful and effective
partnership since 1994. This has been an excellent match, and both sides of the
partnership have benefited greatly from the relationships. Our adopters make
contributions of time, money, skills and many other resources to enhance our
academic and arts programs. Members of the law firm often make a personal
appearance at events featuring Power APAC students. In return, our students
provide a link to innovative and artistic experiences in the Jackson area.
Our school knows that this partnership is vital for our
success, and our adopters feel that they are enriched through their work with
us. APAC parents and the metro Jackson community appreciate the collaboration
that fuels such great success in our students – the very students who may
become the future leaders of this community.
Our adopters exemplify the very traits that we strive to
instill in our students. In a letter to his son dated 1935, Vaughan Watkins,
the founder of WLW&S, wrote of the principles that guided his life. Those
character traits are known at the law firm as the “Watkins Way.” The traits of
integrity, dedication, respect, communication, responsiveness, excellence,
philanthropy, leadership, professionalism, and enjoyment in a job well done,
are all worthy of sharing, by example, with our students. WLW&S has done this
at every level, and our school and students are better for it. The law firm’s
affection for our school and pride in our accomplishments extend beyond words
through their many helpful actions.
Duration of partnership: 17 years 25 volunteers Impacts 527 students
Partnership supports campus clean-up and beautification day, Book Buddy Day,
Field Day. Student artwork displayed in visual arts exhibition/contest at law
office, with awards presented to winning artwork. WLW&S recognizes “Teacher
of the Year” with spa gift. Students with highest grade average awarded.
Collaboration with school on community service projects, such as emergency
packets for the Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs, JPS homeless students.
Donations for canned goods drives and support of “Boxtops for Education.”
Monetary donations of up to $10,000 annually for upgrades, special needs.
Buddies average 20 hours’ reading, discussion time with students. APAC had 38
Scholastic Winners, with over 60% of applicants recognized. APAC remains one of
highest-performing schools in the district, maintaining STAR status 2