August 1, 2011

Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP) will help children at Operation Breakthrough leap into the new school year. LEAP is providing backpacks, school supplies, bookmarks and breakfast by Chris Cakes, a pancake-flipping favorite in the metropolitan area. The Back to School Breakfast is Friday, August 5 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at Operation Breakthrough, 3039 Troost, Kansas City, Missouri. Polsinelli Shughart is one of the sponsors.

The media is invited to attend. Weather permitting, the event will be held outside on the east patio of Operation Breakthrough. Access can be gained by going to the rear of Operation Breakthrough from Troost on 30th Street to Forest. Parking is available in the church parking lot across the street.

In addition to backpacks, school supplies and bookmarks, the legal community will donate money to Operation Breakthrough to assist with purchasing school uniforms and additional school supplies as they are needed throughout the year. More than 400 children from Operation Breakthrough are expected to attend the Back to School Breakfast, and lawyers and judges from around the metro will serve the children breakfast.

“Every child wants to start off the school year with a new backpack, fresh school supplies and something nice to wear,” said Sister Berta Sailor, co-founder of Operation Breakthrough, a nonprofit that assists low income families in the metro. “We’re so pleased that once again the legal community has stepped up to the plate to aid with helping make that a reality for our children.”

Interview opportunities include:

• Co-Founder of Operation Breakthrough Sister Berta Sailer
• LEAP Chair of the Back to School Initiative: Anne-Linton Pond Hendrickson, Van Osdol & McGruder, P.C.
• LEAP Vice Chair of Back to School Initiative Kim Fournier: Office of the Missouri Attorney General

“We would like to thank the legal community, Staples and Office Essentials for the generous donations they made throughout the summer,” said Pond Hendrickson. “It is a good feeling to know we are helping these children begin the school year prepared and ready to do their best.”

For more information contact Heather McMichael,, 816-223-8780

About LEAP

The event is an initiative of The Foundation for Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP), a unique, joint professional effort comprised of the Asian American Bar Association; the Association of Corporate Counsel, Mid-America Chapter; the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City; the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association; the Hispanic Bar Association; the Jackson County Bar Association; the KC Legal Bar Association; the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; the Lawyers Association of Kansas City; the Young Lawyers Section of the KCMBA, and the Young Lawyers Section of the Lawyers Association.

For 15 years LEAP has supported Operation Breakthrough with proceeds raised by its annual fundraising campaign celebrated at the LEAP Mardi Gras Luncheon held annually at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association on Fat Tuesday. To date $945,000 has been donated to help the children at Operation Breakthrough develop to their fullest potential providing them a safe, loving and educational environment.