Covelli Enterprises has announced on Thursday that it is partnering with Akron Children's for its second annual "Chip in for Children's Mental Health" campaign.

From Monday, May 20 to Sunday, May 26, $1 from every sale of Chocolate Chipper Cookies at all Covelli-owned Panera locations in the Valley will go towards a school-based social and emotional learning coach to assist students who have experienced traumatic events negatively affecting their mental and behavioral health.

These cookies can be purchased in person or online by clicking here.

Since 2022, Covelli Enterprises has donated nearly $70,000 to Akron Children's School Health Services program. That money went to hiring Community Education Outreach Coordinator Nicholas Morio.

Morio has worked with schools in the Mahoning Valley to educate teachers and staff on the impact trauma could have on learning and helped to create a classroom experience where children can thrive.

"Nicholas has done an incredible job in a short period of time to create positive classroom experiences for our students and teachers. We are so grateful for the support of our loyal customers and employees, which allows us to continue to support Nicolas's vital work and expand the impact of the School Health Services program at Akron Children's," said Covelli Enterprises CEO Sam Covelli.

Morio currently provides services including ongoing training, specific classroom planning and support for teachers and school administrators, along with group professional development to build staff understanding of the social and emotional needs of students and evidence-based practices that can increase student engagement, reduce negative student behaviors and improve staff satisfaction. 

Additionally, Morio has educated over 100 teachers in six school districts in Mahoning and Columbiana Counties about trauma-informed social and emotional learning, restorative justice, rapport building, classroom management and much more.