GARY | MDwise, an Indianapolis-based statewide managed health care organization, on Thursday donated a backpack filled with much-needed school supplies to every student at Bailly Middle School and Frankie W. McCullough Academy for Girls.
More than 900 backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, erasers and crayons were donated to the schools. MDwise also presented a $60,000 donation to the Gary Community School Corp.
The donations are part of "Tools for Schools," a new MDwise program providing funding and supplies to nine Indiana schools in need, including the two schools in Gary, and schools in East Chicago, Indianapolis and Bloomington.
"MDwise couldn't think of a better time to give some of our hard-working Hoosier students in need a fresh batch of school supplies and some additional funds to improve their educational experience," said Charlotte MacBeth, chief executive officer of MDwise. "We are a health care-focused company, and we know that getting a good education is a significant part of every child's overall health and well-being."
MDwise worked with Indiana state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, to identify schools in great need of assistance.
"I commend MDwise for its commitment to the young people of Indiana," Brown said. "The correlation between good health practices and educational achievement are well documented. By ensuring that all students are given an opportunity to learn, we can take great strides in guiding Indiana's young people toward healthier choices both now and when they are adults."
Gary Community School Corp. intends to use the monetary donation to enhance student education.
MDwise is Indiana's largest nonprofit managed health care company exclusively serving many of the state's most underserved citizens - Hoosier children and adults who are uninsured or underinsured.
MDwise's services are currently provided to more than 300,000 Hoosier Healthwise, Care Select and Healthy Indiana Plan members in partnership with more than 1,400 primary medical providers and a statewide array of specialists, hospitals and other providers.