Two IPS schools receive $30,000 each and a school supply-filled backpack for every student from MDwise


MDwise is helping two Indianapolis elementary schools and their students get a fresh start to the new year. Today, the Indianapolis-based managed health care organization donated $30,000 each to William A. Bell School, Indianapolis Public School (IPS) #60, and Charles W. Fairbanks School, IPS #105; along with more than 700 backpacks filled with school supplies to every student in the two schools.
Every student received a backpack, notebook, pencils, erasers and crayons. The donations are part of “Tools for Schools,” a new MDwise program providing funding and supplies to five Indiana schools in need, including these two Indianapolis schools and schools in Bloomington, Gary and East Chicago.
“MDwise couldn’t think of a better time to give some of our most needy local students 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.”
The schools intend to use the $30,000 donation to enhance student education.
“We are so excited to have a community partner who truly believes in working together to improve our school community and enhance student learning,” said Paula Peterson, principal at IPS #105. “With the monetary donation, we will be able to provide activities geared to the diverse needs of our families and their children. The backpacks will enable us to provide supplies to students and give them the resources to be successful in school.” MDwise worked with Indiana State Representative Greg Porter (district 96) to identify two Indianapolis schools in great need of assistance.
“I am incredibly grateful for the generosity of MDwise. MDwise has stepped outside of the box by filling the tool chest with school supplies during the second half of the school year,” said Rep. Porter. “I am honored to work with MDwise to help Hoosier students have a better school year and a better educational experience.”
MDwise is Indiana’s largest not-for-profit managed health care company exclusively serving many of the state’s most underserved citizens – Hoosier children and adults who are uninsured or underinsured. MDwise provides services through the Hoosier HealthwiseHealthy Indiana Plan and Care Select health coverage programs. For more information about MDwise, visit

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About MDwise

MDwise is a provider-sponsored nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to more than 407,000 Medicaid and Medicare members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to family and friends.

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