ATHENS, Ohio (July 1, 2004) -- Bank One Foundation has made a $90,000 gift to Ohio University as part of the Bicentennial Campaign to provide major funding for the Bank One Kids on Campus Summer Academy. The program, which helps Athens County second-through-sixth grade students learn and grow during the summer months, began this year's session on June 21.
The six-week summer program has helped nearly 2,000 elementary school children in five Athens County school districts since it was established it in 1996. Approximately 200 children are participating in the intermediate Bank One Summer Academy this summer, which provides education and services related to nutrition and health care and access to enrichment experiences. An additional 400 children will participate in other Kids on Campus activities during June and July. Nearly half of the children in Athens County live at or below the poverty level, according to the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies.
"The Bank One Foundation is proud of its long-standing support of the Kids on Campus program," said Robert Norris, president of Bank One, Athens. Bank One has provided nearly $250,000 in support for the program over its nine-year history. "We're pleased to be seeing such positive results and improved academic performance from the kids who have taken part in the academy. That's a real and positive return on Bank One's investment for our community."
Elements of the Bank One Kids on Campus Summer Academy, held on the campuses of Ohio University and Hocking College, include:
- A multidisciplinary and multicultural academic curriculum
- Well-balanced and nutritious daily meals and snacks
- A focus on conflict resolution, problem solving and healthy decision-making
- Physical exams, vision and hearing-speech-language screenings
- Serving as a model to encourage other academic institutions to adopt similar programs
While the program focuses on improving rural childhood development, the summer academy also provides jobs and job-skill training to more than 65 high school students, parents and senior citizens from Athens County who are hired to help facilitate the program.
Kids on Campus is an Athens County community partnership, administered by Ohio University's College of Health and Human Services. In addition to the Bank One Summer Academy, Kids on Campus oversees before- and after-school programs in Athens County elementary schools, a summer primary reading academy, and the National Youth Sports Program summer session.
The Bicentennial Campaign, which kicked off in November 2000 and concluded on June 30, 2004, celebrated the university's 200th anniversary and provided money to support students and faculty, technological enhancements, innovative programs, and select capital improvements. The largest fund-raising effort in the history of the institution, the campaign exceeded its $200 million goal, raising $217 million in support of the university.
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Media Contacts: College of Health and Human Services Director of Communication Linda Lockhart, (740) 593-1433 or Lockharl@ohio.edu