In the 2010-2011 academic year, "Learning Is Cool" will be expanding to include all Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) students in grades 1-12. Additionally, the program will add all schools and students in grades 1-12 in Covington Independent Public Schools (CIPS). In the first two years of the program only CPS students in grades 1-8 were included. With the two school systems, the program will include more than 34,000 students.
"Learning Is Cool" is designed to encourage all students to make the "A" Honor Roll each quarter. Students are rewarded for achieving the honor roll and those who make the A Honor Roll two quarters of the year are invited to a special event in June where Coach Lewis and participating Bengals players recognize them for their achievements. In its second year, the program has seen a 35 percent increase in the number of students in Cincinnati Public Schools who qualified to attend the special event.
The Marvin Lewis Community Fund will be visiting schools on September 14 to formally kick off the third year. In Cincinnati, they will visit Gilbert A. Dater High School and in Covington a visit to Holmes High School is planned. Details and times for these events will be announced at a later date. Each student will receive a "Learning Is Cool" notebook, folder, poster and letter from Coach Lewis and participating Bengals to start the year.
For more information on the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, visit marvinlewis.org.