410 students at Hawthorne Elementary receive backpacks filled with school supplies from MDwise


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Today, every student at Hawthorne Elementary School in Warren Township received a backpack filled with school supplies from MDwise, Indiana’s only not-for-profit managed health care organization serving those on the state’s Hoosier Healthwise, Healthy Indiana Plan and Care Select health coverage programs, during an all-school assembly. Indiana State Senator Patricia Miller (District 32) helped to identify Grassy Creek as a Warren Township school deserving of these donations.
MDwise donated the 420 backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, erasers and crayons to the school as part of its “Tools for Schools” program, a statewide initiative that provided more than 10,000 supply-filled backpacks to schools and back-to-school events across Indiana in 2011. Now in its third year, the program will donate more than 10,500 of these supply-filled backpacks across Indiana throughout 2012.
Charlotte MacBeth, chief executive officer of MDwise, said, “Children spend a majority of their time growing up in school, so we at MDwise strive to make classroom experiences as meaningful and constructive as possible by ensuring that students have the tools they need to learn.”
"Hawthorne is very honored and excited about being selected for the donation of 410 backpacks as a part of Tools for Schools,” said Phil Talbert, principal of Hawthorne Elementary. “This will help so many of our families help their children get off to a great start for this school year and the students were thrilled to get their new backpacks and supplies.”

“MDwise Tools for Schools” is a part of Ms. Bluebelle’s Club for Kids, MDwise’s comprehensive program that promotes the healthy well-being of Hoosier children through special activities and outreach.
“These backpacks filled with supplies help students be prepared for the classroom as they start the new school year,” added Senator Miller. “It’s important to support education in our community and I want to thank MDwise for their generous donation to Hawthorne Elementary School. Through this program, students have important tools that will help them be more successful in their academic studies.”

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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. MDwise.org.

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