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Julian Thomas community school opening

Principal Anisa Diaz, center, cuts the red ribbon alongside Racine Unified Superintendent Eric Gallien, Board of Education President Brian O’Connell and Board members Julie McKenna, John Heckenlively and Mike Frontier, United Way of Racine County Representative Karin Kirchmeier and Julian Thomas students and staff.

RACINE — Julian Thomas Community Elementary School officially opened its doors as a community school on Thursday.

In partnership with United Way of Racine County, Julian Thomas is the second community school in RUSD. A community school focuses on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement and works to bring together many partners to offer a range of supports to children, their families and the community.

On Thursday, Principal Anisa Diaz shared her excitement: “We want our families to be engaged in their child’s learning. Engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.”

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Superintendent Eric Gallien and Board of Education President Brian O’Connell and board members Julie McKenna, John Heckenlively and Mike Frontier helped celebrate the ribbon cutting.

“Racine’s second community school will continue to provide services and supports to address the needs of our families and students to prepare them for academic success now and in the future,” Gallien said.

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