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City of Covington Signs on For School District's Summer Program

The City of Covington will again provide financial support to help students that participate in the summer program at Covington Independent Public Schools.

The Covington city commission voted on Tuesday to authorize a memorandum of agreement between the city and the school district for the coordination of the 2017 Summer Youth Program, which is led by Covington Partners Summer Learning Collaborative.

This is the eighth consecutive year that the city and schools have partnered on the project, which offers summer programming activities for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The city commission voted to contribute $35,000 from its annual allocation of federal communtiy development block grant (CDBG) funds and $34,000 from the city's recreation budget for a total expenditure of $69,000.

The program runs June 19 through July 21.

“The partnership with the City of Covington and Covington Independent Public Schools provides our youth with the best possible summer program year after year," said Covington Independent Public Schools’ Director of Community & Family Engagement Stacie Strotman. "The Covington Summer Youth Program continues to be a model for the region, commonwealth and country.

“Students are experiencing summer gains in reading and math while enjoying project-based learning and fun field trips. It is exactly what our youth need to help them continue to be successful in school and in life.”

The program was created in efforts to negate the negative effects of the “summer slide,” a term that educators use to to reference the tendency for students to lose achievement gains that they made during the previous school year.

“The City recognizes the quality of education provided to our residents through the Summer Youth Program and extends its support to the school district," said Mayor Joe Meyer. “In helping to address summer slide issues, the program provides summer time education opportunities to our children and is extremely important to the overall welfare of the City.”

The Summer Youth Program models its program around three central goals in efforts to decrease the negative effects of the summer slide, all the while encouraging personal and educational growth, according to a news release.

The three goals include the mission to provide rigorous academic support opportunities connected to the school day and to move scholars toward proficiency and college and career readiness; to create intentional opportunities for individual support and positive interactions among adults and youth to promote non-cognitive improvement of scholars; and to form and sustain partnerships that ensure strong family and community engagement.

Covington Partners credits the Summer Youth Program for CIPS's positive growth in its students’ math and reading Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores since 2012.

The Covington Partners Summer Learning Collaborative also includes support from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Center for Great Neighborhoods, Kenton County Public Library, United Way, Behringer-Crawford Museum, The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. US Bank Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, The Carnegie, Kentucky 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Greater Cincinnati Stem Collaborative, Skool Aid, Covington Partners, Covington Independent Public Schools and the City of Covington.

-Staff report
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