Education

Promoting Star Power Through GOTR
Girls on the Run (GOTR) just finished its second season during afterschool programming in Covington, and the stories of success, hard work, and fostering community have tripled from the previous season. What started as one team at the Ninth District Elementary School Viking Zone Community Learning Center (CLC) during the 22/23 academic year, has now expanded to four elementary school teams for the 23/24 year. This success story has truly demonstrated the power of the community at Covington Independent Public Schools,...
Covington Partners, along with organizations and school districts across the United States, recently celebrated Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours. Research shows that skilled and knowledgeable program staff are the backbone of program quality and are key to desired positive youth outcomes. Programs run by skilled professionals result in increased social-emotional skills, school attendance, and academic perfor...
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HMS Students Tackle Big Issues with New Podcast
Thanks to the Kenton County Public Library (KCPL), 6th grade students participating in the Holmes Middle School Bulldog Zone Community Learning Center have been taking to the mic, creating a podcast, The Barking Dog. The podcast is created through an afterschool enrichment club in partnership with the Covington branch of KCPL. Led by Tim Bredemeier, outreach programmer for KCPL, the club provides students the opportunity to have a voice about their journey as a middle school student.  Thus far, the students have ...
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This week, the first Holmes Campus Community Forum, a meeting to inform the community of funding allocated to Holmes Campus (Holmes Middle School and Holmes High School) from the Prichard Committee, as well as receive feedback from the community on how best to utilize the funds, was held. Funds will be used to expand and upgrade existing programs, while also exploring new opportunities for students and families. This work is possible through the Kentucky Community Schools Initiative, a comprehensive approach to educa...
Family Game Night = Fun and Learning
Families recently joined staff at Sixth District Elementary School for an interactive game night sponsored by the Dolphin Zone Community Learning Center.  Throughout the evening, students and families visited several game stations focused on varying math concepts, including charting, subtraction, multiplication, and measurement. Students practiced counting on an abacus, charted their favorite foods and sports, utilized pop fidget toys for arithmetic operations, practiced patterns with tangrams, and much more. ...
A Junior Paleontologist's Dream Come True
Children gazed into colorful viewfinders with their mouths open, amazed at pictures of long-dead dinosaurs. The science exploration was part of Cincinnati Museum Center’s Programs on Wheels that made a stop recently at the John G. Carlisle Elementary School Community Learning Center in Covington. The museum staff also brought several plastic totes filled with dirt for the budding paleontologists to dig through to find bones and other fossils. Another station displayed tools, small-scale toy dinosaurs and the V...
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STEAM Through the Lens of a BMX Bike
In partnership with the BMX STEAM Program and USA BMX Foundation, students at the Holmes High School Community Learning Center are experiencing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) through the lens of a BMX bike. The new enrichment club provides hands-on, project-based learning mixed with a strong physical fitness element and a whole lot of fun. Student-centered and student-led, a teacher helps facilitate the curriculum, which contains lessons focused on balanced and unbalanced forces, energy tran...
Coached by Emily Dill and Elizabeth Mitchell, the robotics team of third, fourth, and fifth grade students from Glenn O. Swing Elementary School’s Wildcat Club CLC participated in the FIRST LEGO League regional competition last month.  As participants of the competition and the program overall, students apply their STEM skills combined with critical thinking to work as a team, design and build a robot, present their robot design and innovation project to a panel of judges, and compete in a mission-based robo...
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Families at Latonia Elementary School recently attended a health and wellness event, complete with dinner, conversation cards, and several community partners.  To start the evening, District Nutrition Services provided a salad and potato bar for families, while topic cards with conversation starters were provided on tables. Families conversed with one another before choosing two of the community partner sessions to attend. Partners included Northern Kentucky University, Art Equals, HealthPoint, and Pet Partne...
Art is the expression or application of human creativity and imagination. It captures ideas, conveys emotion, unpacks experiences, and reveals perspectives reflective of individual and collective circumstances. Art and creativity can provide a powerful outlet that helps individuals feel connected to one another and the world. Caregivers of the Cub Zone Community Learning Center students at John G. Carlisle Elementary School discovered this during a recent adult skill-building event in partnership with Art Equals. Ch...
Did Someone Say Michelin Star?
Students in the Cardinal Club Community Learning Center at Latonia Elementary School wanted to share their talents and show gratitude to the Covington Independent Public School Board members in honor of School Board Recognition Month this January.  Student members of the afterschool What's Cooking Club made each board member a jar of caramel sauce, strawberry jam, and BBQ sauce, while students in the afterschool Perler Bead Club created a cardinal magnet for each board member.  A time when local communities ...
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Focused Support for Dolphin Zone EL Students
With a significant increase in the EL (English Learner) population in Covington, there is a growing need for small groups and interventions focused on academic needs of EL students. In addition to supports put in place during the school day, the Sixth District Elementary School Dolphin Zone CLC has made a discerned effort to provide this group of students with additional academic support beyond the 3:00 p.m. bell. Dolphin Zone is fortunate to have a bilingual program coordinator, Adriana Silva. In addition, the ...
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What began as an idea from a student, is now Club MMA at the Holmes High School After-Hours Community Learning Center (CLC).  When Holly Simkonis, CLC coordinator at Holmes High School, was approached with the idea, she wasn’t sure what to expect, but enough students garnered interest for her to explore the idea. Simkonis researched possible partners, which led her to Joel Lippolis of Club MMA Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness in Campbell County, Kentucky.   Simkonis and Lippolis discussed obje...
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Kandice Williams, Miss Buffalo Trail Kentucky 2023, visited the John G. Carlisle Elementary School Cub Zone Community Learning Center to celebrate #LightsOnAfterschool, a nationwide rally showcasing all the ways afterschool programs serve communities.  Williams shared her experience with afterschool programs and encouraged program students to creatively share how the Cub Zone makes them shine. Students were provided paper light bulbs on which they could write, draw, and color their “Cub Zone shine.” St...
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Educators, partners, and leadership from the 21st Century Community Learning Center programs in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and West Virginia gathered this October for the 2023 21st Century Multi-State Conference. The conference embraced the theme All Hands On Deck…Anchoring Students for Success as participants spent three days on the Ohio River at the Galt House, learning, sharing, advocating, and collaborating.  Covington Partners played multiple roles, sending thirteen staff (program coordinators and t...
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On a recent afternoon, a simple game of UNO helped students at Latonia Elementary School Cardinal Club Community Learning Center learn an unfamiliar language. The instructor, Kim Frank, had spent the last couple of months teaching the students basic words and phrases of American Sign Language (ASL). During the UNO game, the students used the signs for colors and numbers. Frank had about 15 students in her ASL club during the first quarter at the school’s 21st Century Community Learning Center.  As a colleg...
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The Arboretum on Wheels (a mobile environmental education lab) from Boone County Arboretum visited the Viking Zone Community Learning Center at Ninth District Elementary School this week. Students learned the basic components of the food chain; reviewed terms like ecosystem, producers, herbivores, and decomposers; learned the basics of tree parts and their purpose; and discussed the connection of trees, humans, and other creatures. Students enjoyed seeing and feeling animal skins and furs on the mobile lab. They also ...
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On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, Executive Director Stacie Strotman will lead a virtual discussion referencing Dr. Ruby K. Payne's A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Mentors often work with youth who are experiencing poverty, either directly or indirectly. This session will help volunteer mentors learn to assist student mentees with implementing cognitive strategies and actions to be successful in life. A Framework for Understanding Poverty teaches the hidden rules of economic class and spreads the message that, des...
Holly Simkonis, CLC coordinator at HHS, is bringing a bevy of new programming this school year to Holmes High School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center through a one-year infusion of federal money earmarked for out-of-school time programming. The funding supports addressing learning loss that occurred during closures and remote learning during the pandemic through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer programming, extended days, and comprehensive out-of-school time programming. ...
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Can you put yourself in the shoes of a homeless seven-year-old student? Teachers, staff, and community partners recently participated in a poverty simulation led by Covington Partners. Taking place during Covington Schools' PD Academy, participants took on roles of members of over 20 families, all facing a variety of challenging, but typical, circumstances during a month-long poverty simulation. While each week of the month only lasted fifteen minutes during the simulation, participants embraced their roles--whether a...
There is nothing like the feeling of a new school year and witnessing the smiling faces of students eager to get back to the classroom, visit with friends, and share a hug with their favorite teacher. We were thrilled to welcome back students to Covington Schools this past Monday, and along with many of our students, Covington Partners had a very busy summer!  Over 650 students attended Camp Covington. Covington Schools continues to make a large investment in our summer learning program. The financial...
Summer Program Incorporates Strengths and Service
Camp Covington 2023 was a triumph across the district; on average, serving over 600 students on a daily basis, with a greater number of students reached throughout summer at all sites, including the middle school, high school, alternative program, and five elementary schools. A multitude of tremendous staff, administration, and partners collaborated to provide engaging activities and learning opportunities throughout summer. This was no different at John G. Carlisle Elementary School. During Camp Covington 2023: Under...
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It was an expressive, fun, and colorful evening. John G. Carlisle Elementary School recently hosted a parent paint night coordinated by the FRC (Family Resource Center) and CLC (Community Learning Center). Parents were given an opportunity to learn to paint on canvas and provided step by step instructions by Quinn Battiste, owner of Battiste Imagery and instructor for programming provided by The Carnegie at Covington Independent Public Schools.  Adult participants chose to paint a landscape. Starting from a ...
Camp Covington Brings New Experiences to Holmes High School Students
Camp Covington goes beyond elementary school. Covington Partners and Covington Independent Public Schools have collaborated for several years to provide enriching summer programming for students entering grades K-12 in Covington. This includes programs at all five elementary schools, the middle school, high school, and alternative program. This year's high school students had the chance to experience two different one-week camps centering around creative arts and leadership. In addition, the program provided extended ...
When Kayla Gibson, a kindergarten teacher at Ninth District Elementary School, asked if she could bring a Girls on the Run team to the school, there was no way to anticipate the impact that decision was going to have on the participants, coaches, and the entire school.  Gibson had hopes of bringing a team to Ninth District since her first year working at the school. Her experience running cross country and building relationships with her coach had an influence on her that she hoped to replicate with Girls on the R...
After Covington Partners started the Pink Link Project in 2021, Nicole Nazzarine, counselor at John G. Carlisle Elementary School, started to think about other barriers girls may experience when they start their periods while in elementary school.  Without enough education, the start of menstruation in elementary school can be scary for girls. It is becoming more common for girls to start their periods at a younger age (the average range is age 10-15, but for some it can be as early as 8 years old).  The Ame...
Camp Covington Goes Under the "C" in 2023
Summer is just around the corner, which means for all Covington kids, the beloved Camp Covington is upon us. What is it that is so beloved about Camp Covington, not just to the students, but to caregivers and teachers as well? How is it that year after year we see hundreds of students set down their bikes and baseballs, wake up before 8 a.m., and make their way to school to learn? Ask anyone and the answer is easy: Camp Covington is fun.   To understand just what makes Camp Covington such a "fu...
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Mentees Inspired to Be Agents of Change
Holmes High School students participating in the Covington Partners work-based mentoring program in partnership with DBL Law were provided the rare treat of an extensive sit-down meeting with Justice Michelle M. Keller, Supreme Court of Kentucky.  While discussing her prestigious educational and career path, Justice Keller encouraged students to take advantage of every opportunity they are provided, rely on the guidance of mentors, and to stay deeply focused and committed to everything that they do. Her personal &...
HHS CLC Creates Sense of Belonging
Chef JoEllen Hothem asks students what they taste in the food they are cooking. What spices or seasonings can they recognize? She also encourages them to make their own choices when cooking during the class, such as selecting ingredients for their personal omelets or deciding whether to bake a savory or a sweet muffin. Chef Hothem wants the students at Holmes High School to be involved in the process. The professional chef is an instructor in the high school’s Community Learning Center through a partnership with ...
The children are pounding on drums, big smiles on their faces. The hands-on activity is fun for young students with loads of energy, but it is also helps them learn about the fundamentals of music. Latonia Elementary, Sixth District Elementary and John G. Carlisle Elementary have been offering afterschool music programming through a partnership with the Immanuel School of Music in Lakeside Park. This is the second year for the program at John G. Carlisle Elementary School.  Music is its own language,” sai...
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Through art projects, quilts and oral histories, Covington students and residents are uncovering and preserving the African American experience in the city. Recently, students in the afterschool program at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School used what they learned to create their own comic shorts to highlight everyday heroes.  "They learned about different heroes (fictional and non-fictional), created their own superhero and a mini comic strip of them overcoming an obstacle,” said Jameela Salaah, program manag...
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More Than Building Blocks
This fall, Glenn O. Swing Elementary School’s Wildcat Club CLC welcomed Coach Barbara Bobbitt for her final year as leader of the robotics team. Along with co-lead Emily Dill, Bobbitt and the team of fourth and fifth grade students participated in the FIRST LEGO League regional competition on Saturday, December 10.  As participants of the competition and the program overall, students apply their STEM skills combined with critical thinking to work as a team, design and build a robot, present to a panel of jud...
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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is a question often asked to students. The responses are generally limited to what they are exposed to, the jobs of their parents, close family, or perhaps neighbors. Through the Cub Zone Community Learning Center at John G. Carlisle Elementary School, students are taking part in career visits from local businesses during afterschool hours. Michael Wesson, the program coordinator at JGC, is leading the initiative, with the goal of exposing students to as many...
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More Than a Club
At Holmes High School, a group of students are finding their voice, making new friends and learning how they can have an impact. Julie Wharton, the coordinator of the Community Learning Center at Holmes, started the You Matter Club for students who sometimes have a hard time fitting in. It also is a club for those who simply like to help others. “The hope is to create a better world filled with purpose, empathy, compassion, and connection - showing that we all matter,” Wharton said. Two students told othe...
Book Club Sparks Vocab Lessons After School
The fourth and fifth grade students in the Viking Zone Community Learning Center at Ninth District Elementary School are participating in a new book club. Ms. Jackson, a fourth grade teacher at Ninth District, is leading the book club with the 1994 novel Tears of a Tiger. The book was written by author Sharon Draper and tells the story of bad teenage decisions and the consequences that follow. Ms. Jackson intentionally picked a book that she felt would have scenarios and conversations between characters in which s...
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Keep the #LightsOnAfterschool
In America today, 7.6 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. In Covington, we are working to decrease this number by keeping kids safe, helping working families, and inspiring learning through our seven Community Learning Centers. With a Community Learning Center in each elementary school, middle school, and high school in Covington, students are able to participate in academic and enrichment activities before and after school, as well as during the summer months, in a safe and welcoming environmen...
Uganda Comes to Camp Covington
Written by Melissa McDonald, World Affairs Council  This summer, the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky partnered with the Center for Great Neighborhoods to provide cultural awareness experiences for students at all five Covington elementary schools during Camp Covington, a five-week summer learning program provided by Covington Partners and Covington Independent Public Schools. Students learned from the World Affairs Council's Global Guide Fellow, Enock Sadiki. Enock is a local high schoo...
Collab Brings Fire Safety to Covington Families
To ring in the new school year, Covington Partners has teamed up with the Covington Fire Department to help provide fire prevention and safety education for students, as well as help to identify families that may be in need of smoke alarms.  Assistant Fire Chief of Prevention and Education Greg Salmons contacted Covington Partners to collaborate in offering the Sound Off program to students in Covington Independent Public Schools. This national program will be provided to students participating in the afterschoo...
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New School Year, All Smiles Across Covington
This morning during arrival for the first day of school in Covington, there were grins from ear to ear on faces of students as they ran to greet their new classroom teacher and visit with past teachers and staff.  It's been a difficult couple of years, to say the least, but Covington Partners and Covington Independent Public Schools are ready for what the 22/23 school year will bring.  We may face some challenges as we continue to move towards a greater sense of normalcy for our school community, but...
Little Makers, Big Project
What do you get when you put a group of students in the Ninth District Elementary School Makerspace during Camp Covington? Creativity. Generosity. Shirts. And more shirts.  During the five-week summer program, Camp Covington 2022: Summer Safari, and with the help of their leader, Ms. Smith, a group of fifth grade students at Ninth District Elementary School decided to pose a design contest to the rest of the student body. Students wanted to provide a thank-you gift to the staff at Ninth District for providing th...
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Eight sites. Sixteen programs and camps. Nearly 900 students…thus far. Through the collaboration of Covington Partners and Covington Independent Public Schools, students in Covington are learning this summer through enrichment opportunities, academic time with certified teachers, programming from community partners, health and wellness lessons, social-emotional activities with counselors, and field trips—all while having fun! One program geared toward supporting new EL (English Learner) students was a succ...
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Construction, Art & More
Holmes High School students participated in three week-long camps and extended academic tutoring sessions this summer. Camps centered around construction, leadership, and the arts. During Construction Camp, students were introduced to basic building and safety skills required by successful skilled laborers. Students learned hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity through engaging, hands-on lessons. Lydia Burns, Allied Construction, spoke to the student group about various careers in the industry, including paid in...
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Summer After-Hours Offers Daily Enrichment to Holmes High Students
Calling all Holmes High School students… Join us for an after-hours virtual program that includes everything from digital escape rooms and science experiments to TED talks and hip-hop workouts. Summer After-Hours will be held June 8-26, 2020, Monday-Friday. In collaboration with the Holmes High School Summer School Program, Summer After-Hours is designed to take place after the hours of the typical summer school program; however, students may work at their own pace and complete the daily enrichment activities ...
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Camp Covington Goes Virtual: Registration Open
Per guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education, Covington Independent Public Schools will be unable to offer an in-person program this summer; however, the school district and community partners are working diligently to provide an alternative two-week virtual program. Camp Covington 2020: #TeamKentucky, open to incoming kindergarten through eighth grade students in Covington Schools (20/21 school year), will take place July 7-July 17 (Tuesday-Friday weekly). The program will be divided into two divisions: Elem...
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Per guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education, Covington Independent Public Schools will be unable to offer an in-person summer program this summer; however, the school district and community partners are working diligently to provide an alternative two-week virtual program. Details will be forthcoming and will be released on social media and the district website soon.
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With COVID-19, comes uncertainty. But one thing you can count on is that as this pandemic continues to impact our communities, Covington Partners is committed to doing what is best for the children and families of Covington. The well-being and safety of these individuals is our top priority and will always be at the heart of every decision we make. The document below provides digital links that direct you to educational (both academic and enrichment) resources, including websites, games, podcasts, videos, and more. A...
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A Principal's Perspective
June 26, 2019--Many research studies support the importance of afterschool and summer programs for students of all ages. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of studies that focus on why summer school is important-- academic regression, social-emotional needs, the need to provide meals for children through these programs--to name just a few. Over the years, from the point of view as an educator, it is common sense to me that our kids need their schools open in some capacity in the summer months. My views...
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Covington Partners Works To Keep The Lights On Afterschool
This Thursday, hundreds of parents, students, educators, business leaders, policymakers and others will come together across our community to mark the 19th annual Lights On Afterschool, the nation’s only nationwide rally for afterschool programs.  Programs across the region will be hosting open houses, inviting families to participate in fun activities and giving tours to elected officials and policy makers.  Afterschool programs keep children safe, inspire them to learn, and give working families peac...
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Covington Partners is proud to collaborate with Covington Independent Public Schools this summer to host multiple summer learning opportunities for students of all ages at school sites throughout the district. The opportunities include: Camp Carnegie: The Other Side  Imagine a character’s transformation as they navigate life through another’s perspective. How does this new perspective affect their choices? This summer, students will explore “the other side” as they develop characters, dev...
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Covington Partners Helps Covington Schools Secure $1.1 Million for Afterschool Programs
COVINGTON, KENTUCKY -  More students in Covington Independent Public Schools will have opportunities to attend after-school programming that helps improve their academic achievement thanks to grants from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. Two schools -- Latonia Elementary and Glenn O. Swing Elementary School -- received grants totaling $1.165 million over five years. The funding allows Latonia to establish a full 21st century community learning center program for the first time. Latonia st...
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Covington Partners To Host Two-Day Learning Experience
Covington, KY – Covington Partners will host a training event for out-of-school time professionals throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana on March 19 and 20 in Covington. Extending Excellence will be an interactive training where participants will learn how to extend excellence beyond the school day. Participants will hear from out-of-school time program practitioners on how to connect with school-day staff and community partners, collaborate on best-practice strategies to improve student achievement, as well as le...
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Haggard Selected as  One of Just 15 ‘Afterschool Ambassadors’ in Country This Year
Washington, DC – The Afterschool Alliance announced today that Tom Haggard, Program Director, at Covington Partners, has been selected to serve as a 2017-2018 Afterschool Ambassador.  He is one of just 15 leaders from across the nation chosen for the honor this year. Each Afterschool Ambassador will continue directing or supporting a local afterschool program while also serving a one-year Afterschool Ambassador term, organizing public events, communicating with policy makers and in other ways increasing suppo...
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Covington Partners Celebrates the Importance of Summer Learning with Summer Success Tour
Covington, KY – Covington Partners, in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), highlighted the importance of summer learning opportunities at a Summer Success Tour on Thursday, July 13.  Led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), National Summer Learning Day is an advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping all kids learning, healthy and safe during the summer. On this day each year, the country unites in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hu...
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Covington Partners receives $100,000 grant to fund Community Leaning Center initiative
February 17, 2017 - Covington Partners has received a $100,000 multi-year grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation to fund the Community Learning Center initiative in Covington Independent Public Schools. This initiative seeks to provide wrap-around support services to help students succeed in school and in life.   Covington Partners was founded in 1999 as a community coalition focused on reducing drug abuse and violence among Covington youth. Since that time, the organization has exp...
Covington Partners receives $100,000 grant to fund Community Leaning Centers
June 20, 2016 - Covington Partners received a $100,000 grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) and from the William Riedlin, Sr. Memorial Fund and the R.C. Durr Foundation Fund to expand and enhance the Community Learning Centers initiative in Covington Independent Public Schools.   This initiative seeks to provide wrap-around support services to help students succeed in school and in life.   This is the third year that GCF has funded the Community Learning Center initiative.   C...
Covington Partners to Distribute College Success Starter Kits
Transitioning from high school to college can be a grueling task, not only emotionally. but also financially. According to the National Retail Federation, in 2015 the average student spent $899.18 on technology and dorm supplies when attending college for the first time. These expenses are beyond the typical costs (tuition, room and board, books, etc.) high school seniors associate with their freshman year of college. Students are hit with many "firsts" when planning their post-secondary education, so we want to help. ...
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Covington Partners Celebrates the Heart of Afterschool Programs During the First Ever “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week”
Covington, KY, April 25, 2016 – Covington Partners is joining with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during the first ever “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” April 25-29, 2016.  “We believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the life of a child,” said Stacie Strotman, Executive Director of Covington Partners “We encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking the afte...
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Covington Partners Hosts 7th Annual Golf Outing
Covington, KY - Covington Partners will host its seventh annual golf tournament on Monday, July 25 with registration beginning at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12 p.m. The event, which has limited spots available, includes an 18-hole four-person scramble and will be held at the prestigious Traditions Golf Club located at 2035 Williams Road in Hebron, Kentucky. Entry into the golf outing also includes golf with cart, lunch, complimentary beverages, dinner, a silent auction, and a certificate good for a 18-hole r...
STEM Bicycle Club Launches at Holmes Middle School
March 13, 2015 - Through an application process, fifteen students at Holmes Middle School have been selected to participate in the STEM Bicycle Club, a specialized after-school program in the Holmes Middle School Community Learning Center made possible by the assistance and support of local community partners, including Fidelity, GE, Wal-Mart, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative, and many more.   The initial club was developed last spring as the result of a partnership between the ...
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Covington Partners receives $50,000 grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
December 19, 2014 - Covington Partners has received a $50,000 grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) to fund the Community Learning Center (CLC) at Latonia Elementary School.  This is the second year that GCF has funded the CLC at Latonia Elementary School. Covington Partners, formerly Covington Partners in Prevention, was founded in 1999 as a community coalition focused on reducing drug abuse and violence among Covington youth.  Since that time, the organization has expanded to include...
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Covington Partners receives $50,000 grant to fund Community Leaning Center
October 16, 2014 - Covington Partners has received a $50,000 grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation to continue the Community Learning Center (CLC) at Latonia Elementary School.  Covington Partners, formerly Covington Partners in Prevention, was founded in 1999 as a community coalition focused on reducing drug abuse and violence among Covington youth.  Since that time, the organization has expanded to include programs and services related to education, wellness, ment...
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Covington Partners to Celebrate Lights On Afterschool
Joining 7,500 Nationwide Rallies Aimed at Making Afterschool Programs Available to All Covington Partners will celebrate Lights on Afterschool during the month of October by hosting four events at schools throughout the Covington district. All events are open to the families and community members of Covington. The celebrations are part of a nationwide rally known as Lights On Afterschool, in which over 7,500 events are hosted to focus on the importance of quality afterschool programming. Covington Partners staff w...
Covington Partners Reaches 15 Years of Programming
Covington, Kentucky – July 16, 2014 – This fall marks the 15th year of Covington based non-profit, Covington Partners,  an organization who partners with Covington Independent School District to reduce barriers to student achievement. To celebrate, Covington Partners will host a birthday party luncheon on Friday, August 15th from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Madison Event Center in Covington, KY.   The birthday party is being co-hosted by Brent Cooper of C-Forward, a fellow Covin...
Limited Spots Available to Support Student Achievement in Covington Schools
Covington, Kentucky – June 23, 2014 – Covington Partners will host its fifth annual golf tournament on Monday, July 14 with registration beginning at 10:30am and a shotgun start at 12:30 pm. The event, which has limited spots available, includes an 18-hole four-person scramble and will be held at the prestigious Traditions Golf Club located at 2035 Williams Road in Hebron, Kentucky. Entry into the golf outing also includes golf with cart, a boxed lunch, complimentary beverages, dinner, a silent auctio...
Premier Greater Cincinnati PR Firm Selects 2014 Grant Recipients
Covington, KY – February 25, 2014 – After nearly 200 applications and in person reviews with key non-profit leaders, Cincinnati’s premier marketing and public relations firm The Eisen Agency has selected its 2014 Operation: Outreach recipients. Each non-profit organization will receive comprehensive marketing and marketing communications expertise from the professionals at The Eisen Agency, including such services as brand development, website and online development, media relations, social media...
Learning Centers Provide Education Infusion
In one classroom at Covington’s Ninth District Elementary School, students pored over reading lessons. In another, they worked on projects. They’ll eat dinner here tonight, get help with homework and maybe even take some art classes. This is what Covington Independent Schools calls a Community Learning Center, a place where students can get the out-of-school help they need to succeed when they’re in school. District officials hope – and data show they’ll likely be right – that t...
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Fitness Rocks featured by Kentucky School Board Association
Fitness Rocks, a collaborative effort between Covington Partners and Covington Independent Public Schools to improve wellness among students and families in Covington, was recently featured by the Kentucky School Board Association.   From the article, "A fitness program in Covington Independent Schools has been so successful that some of its students are trying to walk to Walt Disney World – or at least the equivalent distance.'There’s a walking club at Sixth District Elementary where they ...
Covington Partners receives $25,000 grant to fund Community Leaning Center
Covington Partners has received a $25,000 grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation to fund a Community Learning Center (CLC) at Latonia Elementary School.  Covington Partners, formerly Covington Partners in Prevention, was founded in 1999 as a community coalition focused on reducing drug abuse and violence among Covington youth.  Since that time, the organization has expanded to include programs and services related to education, wellness, mentoring and family engagement.  P...
Covington Partners receives $50,000 grant to fund Community Leaning Center
    Covington Partners has received a $50,000 grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) to fund a Community Learning Center (CLC) at Latonia Elementary School.      Covington Partners, formerly Covington Partners in Prevention, was founded in 1999 as a community coalition focused on reducing drug abuse and violence among Covington youth.  Since that time, the organization has expanded to include programs and services related to education, wellness, mentoring a...
Covington Partners is pleased to announce our 4th Annual Golf Outing will take place Monday July 15, 2013 at Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Kentucky.    The outing is being sponsored by The Bank of Kentucky, Queensgate Foodservice, Traditions Golf Club and Lexus Rivercenter.  Brent Cooper, President of C-Forward Inc.  says, "The Covington Partners Golf outing is a terrific event!  It offers great golf at a first class venue, wonderful networking with some of the top business and civic lead...
Covington Partners and Kids Café feed more than 200 students daily
Students who participate in the after school program in Covington Independent Public Schools are not only eating breakfast and lunch at school - dinner has now been added.   Thanks to the Freestore Foodbank's Kids Café program which collaborates with Covington Partners, dinner is now available at five sites throughout the district. The Kids Café program now feeds more than 200 on a daily basis.
Three Year Investment by United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Covington Partners is happy to report that United Way of Greater Cincinnati has invested in Covington Partners for the next three years. This funding will provide a stronger academic focus in our after school programs through an after school instructional coach, sustain our Leadership and Resiliency Program at Holmes Middle and High Schools, and will continue to support family engagement throughout our community. This is fabulous news and we sincerely thank all of you who LIVE UNITED and support Covington Partners!
Covington Partners celebrated “Lights on Afterschool”
Covington Partners celebrated “Lights on Afterschool” with a bus tour of beyond school hours programs for community leaders on Thursday, October 18. Leaders from government, business and non-profits toured Glenn O. Swing Elementary, Holmes Middle School and Ninth District Elementary. They saw students being tutored by certified teachers, participating in STEM activities, staying active through Fitness Rocks and much more.
Category: Education
 "Partnering for Academic Success"
Stacie Strotman, Director of Covington Partners, and Tom Haggard, Resource Development Coordinator, presented "Partnering for Academic Success" at the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Multi-State Conference in Nashville, TN. The annual conference attracts over 500 after school leaders from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Tennessee to share insights and best practices.
Category: Education