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The Marvin Lewis Community Fund (MLCF) partners with Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), Covington Independent Public Schools (CIPS), North College Hill City Schools (NCH), Middletown City School District (MCSD), the Cincinnati Bengals, and other local businesses to present "Learning Is Cool," an educational reward program that recognizes students for strong academic performance.

This program is designed to encourage approximately 28,000 1st-8th grade students in CPS, NCH, MCSD, as well as 1st-12th grade students in CIPS to make the "A" Honor Roll each quarter. Students who make the "A" Honor Roll at least two quarters of the year are honored at the Academic Achievement Celebration taking place at the Cincinnati Zoo. At the event, Coach Marvin Lewis and participating Bengals players will recognize them for their efforts. For the 2013-2014  school year, 13 Bengals players have committed to being a part of the program; Clint Boling, Robert Geathers, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Leon Hall, Kevin Huber, Michael Johnson, Terence Newman, Mike Nugent, Cedric Peerman, Domata Peko, Vinny Rey, Dennis Roland, and Andrew Whitworth. 

At the beginning of the school year, each student receives a "Learning Is Cool" kick off gift along with a letter from Coach Lewis. Quarterly rewards are issued for students who make the "A" Honor Roll. Rewards have included: buttons, bracelets, temporary tattoos, water bottles, dog tags, lanyards, inflatable footballs, mini-footballs, posters, folders, notebooks, lunch totes, gift cards, and sunglasses. Teachers and principals also earn end-of-the-year rewards based on Learning Is Cool student performance.

After 6 years, the program witnessed a 179% increase in the number of "A” Honor Roll achievements in CPS.


  School Year
 1st 
Quarter
2nd
Quarter  
 3rd
Quarter
 4th 
Quarter
Total Honor
Roll 
  2008-2009
19,578 total
students
 
1,717
 
2,085
 
2,323
 
2,849
 
8,974 students
 2009-2010
19,256 total
students
 
2,980
 
3,016
 
3,068
 
3,266
 
12,330 students
  2010-2011
19,056 total
students
 
3,148
 
3,179
 
3,069
 
3,863
 
12,875 students
  2011-2012
18,772 total
students
 
3,493
 
3,394
 
3,239
 
3,534
 
13,660 students
 2012-2013
18,830 total
students
 
3,881
 
3,835
 
3,675
 
4,031
 
15,422 students
  2013-2014
19,383 total 
students
 
4,067
 
4,069
 
3,842
 
4,101
 
16,079 students

*chart above reflects students in grades 1-8 in CPS only



*Visit the McDaniel's Photography website for more photos.


Thank you to our wonderful Partners who make the Learning Is Cool program possible:







   











 

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