HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the football before the Begals take on the Houston Texans during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Cincinnati Bengals and head coach Marvin Lewis are celebrated roughly 5,000 students on Monday, who worked hard in academics as part of the Learning Is Cool program. The program, part of the Marvin Lewis fund which partners with Cincinnati Public Schools, Covington Independent Public Schools and North College Hills, is designed to encourage students in the classroom. From the Marvin Lewis fund:
This program is designed to encourage approximately 24,000 1st-8th grade students in Cincinnati Public Schools and North College Hill City Schools. As well as 1st-12th grade students in Covington Independent Public Schools to make the "A" Honor Roll each quarter. Students who make the "A" Honor Roll two quarters of the year are recognized at an end of the year event in June. At the these events, Coach Marvin Lewis and participating Bengals players will reward them for their efforts.
From the Kentucky Post:
Since the program's inception in Cincinnati Public Schools in 2008, there has been a 110 percent increase in students achieving the "A" honor roll.
The success of the program is astonishing. Wm. Howard Taft Elementary achieved a 192 percent increase with students accomplishing the "A" Honor Role in the 2010-2011 school year.
The Marvin Lewis Fund has also handed out 46 scholarships, totaling $1.2 million since its inception.
Since its inception in 2003, the MLCF has donated more than $6 million and impacted almost 400,000 individuals, mostly students through the scholarship fund and the Learning Is Cool program.