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Help Covington Students Transition to College with "Starter Kits"

Covington Partners is working to make the transition from high school to college a little easier for local students. The organization partnered with Holmes High School and the Holmes Youth Service Center to provide as many college-bound seniors as possible a "college success starter kit".

The kits feature 50 important items for the move to college, like towels and laundry detergent, and notebooks and bed sheets.

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. 

The starter kits aim to soften that financial blow.

Through an application process, Holmes High School seniors will apply to receive the kits. The selection committee will take into consideration many criteria, including but not limited to students who qualify under the Federal Pell Grant, students who currently qualify for free/reduced lunch, and students in Project Home (program assisting homeless youth achieve educational success and prepare them for the challenges of life). Currently, 85 percent of the Holmes High School student body qualify for free/reduced lunch, while 11 percent of the Holmes High School student body meet the requirements of Project Home.

By donating $300, you can sponsor a complete College Success Starter Kit for one deserving Holmes High School senior.

Covington Partners said in a news release that nothing is too small. Checks can be made payable to Covington Partners and should be received no later than Friday, May 12, 2017.  Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 0426, Covington, Ky., 41012, or received online at

For more information about the College Success Starter Kit, contact Tom Haggard at (859) 392-3176 or [email protected]

-Staff report