With over two decades of experience in the insurance industry, Daryhl Covington who runs Covington Insurance, knows that the last two years have been especially rewarding. During that time he began working with Meemic, an insurance company that serves the educational community, and their partnership to provide local teachers with much needed funds for classroom makeovers.
“I’ve been doing insurance work for the past 20 years,” Covington says. “With Meemic, there is more of a focus on giving back.” When visiting schools on behalf of Meemic, Covington heard time and again from educators and staff about how teachers desperately needed materials and supplies. It became obvious that a great way to help was to offer funds for classroom makeovers.
The classroom makeover program provides $300 to be used at the teacher’s discretion for anything related to improving the classroom. “They can paint the classroom, use it for supplies, whatever they need,” says Covington. Past recipients have used funds to purchase sensory items to aid in social-emotional and academic growth or to make classrooms more home-like and comfortable for learning.
To apply, teachers can go to his agency’s website and answer a few questions. The information is submitted online, within a 30 day window for the application process. Once the deadline passes, Covington forwards the applications to the school district superintendent to pick the recipients. Next, Covington goes out to the schools to surprise the teachers with a big check—literally! “They don’t know I’m coming,” he says with a smile.
Covington, a married father of two sons, has already helped more than 20 classrooms. He hopes to give many more makeovers and grants in the coming years. “It’s a partnership between myself, Meemic and the schools,” he said. Besides classroom makeover funds, Meemic also offers a grant up to $1,000 through their Foundation. Grant recipients can use the Foundation funds for field trips, class assemblies, and more. “Putting a smile on those kids’ faces,” Covington says of the classroom makeover program. “That’s what it’s all about.”
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For additional information and to apply for the classroom makeover, educators can visit his agency’s website covington-agency.com