Cincinnati Bell, Inc., will donate $20,000 to Cincinnati Public Schools' Collaborate and Care for Cincinnati Campaign to ensure students and their families have access to essential items while schools are closed during Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's mandate to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Cincinnati Bell will make the donation at noon Friday, March 20, Western Hills University High School, 2144 Ferguson Road.
The donation from Cincinnati Bell will provide CPS families with hygiene kits, education materials and additional food items.
Collaborate and Care for Cincinnati has raised $36,000 in the last three days, according to Josh Hardin, CPS athletic manager, who is coordinating the campaign. "We are thankful for the great members of the community that continue to show how much they truly care for our kids and our city," Hardin said.
Donated items are distributed at 24 school sites, along with healthy meals prepared by the district's Student Dining Services department, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through April 3.
While there has been an outpouring of support inquiring about volunteering at the distribution sites, district officials are limiting these efforts to school personnel to maintain the recommended number of people gathering at a location, along with the distance between individuals, in accordance with guidelines from city and state health and government officials to reduce the spread of the virus.
For more information about making a monetary donation to the Collaborate and Care for Cincinnati Campaign, please contact Asia Bradford, School Community Coordinator with CPS' Athletic Department, or mail a check to Cincinnati Public Schools, Attn: Collaborate & Care, P.O, Box 5381, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381.
For more information about making a non-monetary donation, please contact Ricky Miller in CPS' Athletic Department.