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 29,500 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 2014-2015 school year, 10 Bengals players have committed to being a part of the program; Giovani Bernard, Clint Boling, Rex Burkhead, Carlos Dunlap, George Iloka, Emmanuel Lamur, Terence Newman, Vinny Rey, Andrew Whitworth, and Shawn Williams.
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.
Thank you to our wonderful Partners who make the Learning Is Cool program possible: