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

Activities: 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.

Results: Book 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 consecutive years.