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SPS receives $10,000 technology grant

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published January 27, 2016


SOUTHFIELD — A health insurance company that calls Southfield home recently donated a $10,000 technology grant to Southfield Public Schools.

Priority Health, a Michigan-based nonprofit health insurance company, presented the award to the Board of Education Jan. 12.

Although school officials are still unsure what the technology grant will be specifically used for,  Superintendent Dr. Lynda Wood said they are grateful for the donation.

“The children will utilize this well,” Wood said at the meeting.

Don Whitford, Priority Health eastern region vice president, said funds were raised for the school through a campaign to encourage customers to be more environmentally friendly.

The three-month campaign encouraged members to go paperless with electronic claim activity statements.

“We decided to put together a campaign where for every 10 members who signed up, we put a $100 pledge to a school system. We had a goal of $10,000, and we hit our target,” Whitford said.

Southfield was one of three school districts in Michigan to be chosen for the grant. School systems in Grand Rapids and Traverse City also benefited from the program.

This isn’t the first time that Priority Health has given back to SPS, Whitford said. Upon relocating to Southfield in 2014, the company donated gym and exercise equipment to the school system. Last fall, 130 backpacks were donated to students at Vandenberg Elementary School.

Whitford said he is hopeful that the grant will allow students to be more prepared for a technology-driven world.

“As a large organization, we have a responsibility to contribute to communities,” he said. “What better entity than Southfield Public Schools to help children of all ages get prepared for society?”

“We are truly grateful for the support of Priority Health. Although (they are) a new neighbor, they have certainly had a positive impact on the district. We look forward to partnering with them in the future,” Wood said in a written statement.