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First Student Partners with CincyAfterSchool, Cincinnati Public Schools and 3CDC to Bring Students Downtown for Second-Annual School Skates Program
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First Student Partners with CincyAfterSchool, Cincinnati Public Schools and 3CDC to Bring Students Downtown for Second-Annual School Skates Program

January 3, 2011

CINCINNATI — First Student, provider of school transportation services to Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), is partnering with CPS, YMCA-led CincyAfterSchool and 3CDC to give more than 1,200 students an opportunity to participate in one of the city’s most popular outdoor attractions – ice skating at the U.S. Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square. For many of the students, grades K through 12, participating in the first School Skates Program will be their first time on the ice.

First Student is providing free round-trip transportation from each of the 19 participating schools, ensuring safe and reliable bus service for the participants.  And thanks to 3CDC and its subsidiary Fountain Square Management Group, participants will skate for FREE. The program began January 6 and runs weekdays through February 18.

“We are very pleased to participate in the School Skates Program and look forward to helping to create happy memories for each student,” said Linda Burtwistle, First Student president. “Fountain Square is such a lively and exciting place with the addition of the U.S. Bank Ice Rink. Every child should have the opportunity to experience this fun atmosphere.”

“With the help of community partners, CincyAfterSchool offers students diverse activities that have led to improved grades, social skills and self confidence, and healthier lifestyles. The School Skates Program is giving our students an opportunity they may not otherwise have, and providing them with fun activity to put play in their day,” said Sara Lewis, YMCA director of out-of-school time.

School Skates Schedule

NOTE:  All schools will depart Fountain Square at approximately 5 p.m. Arrival times will vary.


January 6


January 7


January 13


January 14

Winton Montessori     

January 18

Pleasant Hill

January 19

Winton Hills    

January 20


January 21


January 24


January 25


January 26


January 27

John P. Parker

January 28


January 31


February 1

Mt. Airy     

February 2


February 3

Rees E. Price 

February 4

Pleasant Ridge

February 11

*Additional schools are being scheduled

About CincyAfterSchool

With 32 sites, the nationally recognized CincyAfterSchool Network, led by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, is a partnership between Cincinnati Public Schools, the YMCA, and other leading youth development agencies, school leaders, and volunteers representing the afterschool component of CPS’ Community Learning Center Initiative. The vision for the CPS Community Learning Center Initiative is to revitalize neighborhoods by leveraging schools as the hub for community services, programs, and enhancements to the quality of life, which will create the conditions conducive for learning.

About 3CDC

3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development and finance corporation focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community.  3CDC’s work is specifically focused on the Central Business District and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.  3CDC also manages The Cincinnati Equity Fund (CEF) and the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF).  These investment funds play an important role by providing needed financial capital to 3CDC’s development projects.  For more information visit