Partners Helped Remove Barriers for CPS Students

December 31, 2020

Opinion: Partners Helped Remove Barriers for CPS Students

By Laura Mitchell
Opinion contributor

The pandemic may have upended 2020, but in the midst of the challenges, uncertainties and hardships it has presented, our community partners have provided our students and families with many bright spots this year. Our partners are critical in helping to remove barriers and enable education.

This brings to mind the words of Coretta Scott King who said, "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." There has been an outpouring of compassion in our community and I am so ever grateful.

Cincinnati Public Schools is fortunate to have 800 partners who continuously come to the aid of our students, staff and families, whether to help a few students, an entire school or our entire district of 36,000. They have been the shining light as we navigate through this pandemic.

At the onset of the pandemic, our students were transitioning to remote learning and many of our families did not have access to the internet. Five organizations came together to fund the "Connect Our Students" program, increasing digital equity. I extend my gratitude to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Interact for Health, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, StrivePartnership and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.