Donated school supplies help 10,000 students statewide start the year off right

INDIANAPOLIS – For seven years now, the MDwise Tools for Schools program has been donating drawstring backpacks and school supplies to students at back-to-school events across Indiana.
10,000 students across Indiana will be offered the chance to start the school year off right with the supplies needed to succeed in the classroom. MDwise provided the following organizations with backpacks, crayons, pencils and more to be given away at back-to-school events:
  • Brightpoint (Allen County)
  • Covering Kids & Families of East Central Indiana (Delaware County)
  • Delaware County Head Start program
  • Henry County Interlocal Community Action Program
  • Henry County Head Start Program
  • Indiana Health Center in Kokomo (Howard County)
  • Howard County Head Start Program
  • Covering Kids & Families of Lake County in East Chicago, Gary and Hammond
  • Lake Ridge schools (Lake County)
  • HealthLinc Community Health Center in East Chicago and Valparaiso (Lake and Porter Counties)
  • North Shore Health Centers in Hammond (Lake County)
  • Moms Taking Charge program (Lake County)
  • Regional Health Center (Lake County)
  • Michigan City schools (LaPorte County)
  • Emanuel Lutheran Church (Porter County)
  • Madison County Community Health Center
  • United in Christ (Madison County)
  • Shalom Health Center (Marion County)
  • Covering Kids & Families of Central Indiana (Marion County)
  • Child Advocates (Marion County)
  • New Vision Ministries (Marion County)
  • Indiana Health Center in South Bend (St. Joseph County)
  • Healthlinc in Mishawaka (St. Joseph County)
  • Greater Holy Temple (St. Joseph County)
  • Glenwood Leadership Academy (Vanderburgh County)
  • Cedar Hall (Vanderburgh County)
  • Margaret Avenue Housing Authority (Vigo County)
  • Wabash Valley Health Center (Vigo County)
“We recognize that proper school supplies aren’t easily accessible to all students, but are crucial to educational success,” said Cesar Martinez, president and CEO of MDwise. “This program helps ensure young Hoosier students have the tools they need to thrive and grow in the classroom, and beyond.”
Through its Tools for Schools program, MDwise offers a solution for families that need assistance purchasing much-needed school supplies. Children spend more than 1,200 hours each year in school, so MDwise strives to make classroom experiences as meaningful and constructive as possible by ensuring students have the tools they need to learn.
MDwise Tools for Schools is 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

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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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