MDwise donates backpacks filled with school supplies to 525 students at Parkwood Elementary School in Clarksville


CLARKSVILLE, Ind. – Today, every student at Parkwood Elementary School in Clarksville, Ind., 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.
MDwise donated 525 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.
“The school year is right around the corner and MDwise understands that new school supplies are critical to a student’s academic success,” said Charlotte MacBeth, chief executive officer of MDwise. “We welcomed the opportunity to provide these students with much-needed supplies. Achieving academic success contributes to the mental and emotional health of students by giving them self-confidence which is a notion we strongly support as a health care focused organization.”
“We are very excited about the partnership with MDwise. The organization promotes the healthy well-being of Hoosier children through special activities and outreach and Greater Clark County Schools and Parkwood Elementary School have a strong emphasis on health and wellness,” said Janice Korfhage, principal at Parkwood Elementary. “Through this partnership we can ensure that our students will have the necessary supplies and materials that they will need to be successful in school.”
“MDwise Tools for Schools” is a section 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.

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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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