The LEAP Story
Since 1999, LEAP—Learning, Enrichment and Achievement Partners— has been committed to, and operates under, the belief that all children can learn. When it came to our attention that a significant number of local elementary school children were struggling to meet the demands of the rigorous school curriculum, and “at-risk” of failure, LEAP took action. Through a partnership of school staff, local church and community leaders, and volunteers, LEAP emerged as a resource to support student learning. Our goal is to develop attitudes and behaviors that promote success in school, instill a strong work ethic, and encourage life-long learning. We believe that in a safe, nurturing environment, with the support and guidance of well-trained and caring volunteer tutors, students will experience success, some for the first time, positively impacting their school studies and self-confidence. LEAP is unique in its focus on the needs of each individual child. Working in close contact with each child’s teacher, principal and parents, the Director designs and monitors specific academic interventions to effectively meet these needs.
Sally Parkin, a California credentialed teacher and Reading Specialist, was hired as Executive Director in 2000 and she has developed specific programs to address the needs of struggling learners—with particular emphasis on reading skills. She provides initial and on-going training of all LEAP volunteers. She has innovated math, group reading programs and individual reading plans to help students develop skills to enable them to meet District, County and State academic standards. LEAP has a corps of more than 35 dedicated volunteers, many of whom have been with LEAP from its beginning. Each year the program has grown and beginning in 2003, LEAP has offered Summer School for four weeks each summer. Volunteers are needed and welcomed and enable LEAP to provide a high quality program at a very low cost—every dollar donated to LEAP goes to enhance the children’s learning. LEAP is a 501 (c )(3) non-profit organization which seeks funding from community individuals, businesses, corporations, and foundations through personal solicitations, corporate matching grant programs and foundation grants.