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Covington Partners Awarded $100,000 Grant

An organization that supports Covington Independent Public Schools just won a big grant.

Covington Partners announced this week that it has received a $100,000 multi-year grant from the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation to fund its Community Learning Center initiative in the school district, which seeks to provide wrap-around support services to help students succeed in school and in life, according to a news release.

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 expanded to include programs and services related to education, wellness, mentoring and family engagement. Programs and services are delivered through a Community Learning Center model, seeking to transform school buildings into the hubs of their community. 

The Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation grant will be used to reduce barriers to academic achievement for students by enhancing the Community Learning Center model throughout all schools. By providing a variety of activities such as academic support, fitness, visual and performing arts, mentoring and service learning; students receive the extra support they need to be successful in the classroom. Programs and services are available both during the school day and afterschool. During the 2015-2016 school year; over 1,500 students attended afterschool programs, mentors spent over 3,800 hours supporting students and 72 percent of families received tools they could use to be partners in their child’s education.

-Staff report