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Highmark West Virginia partners with Jackson Middle School for education program

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (July 17, 2015) — Recognizing that education is a joint venture between schools and communities, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia is partnering with Jackson Middle School for the Partners in Education program beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.

"Highmark West Virginia supports education in a number of ways, and the Partners in Education program is just one of the ways we can show our support for schools in our communities," said Glenn Miller, vice president of provider contracting and relations, Highmark West Virginia. "We are proud to be partnering with Jackson Middle School and look forward to a long and rewarding relationship."

The Partners in Education program, administered by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, brings local public and private schools together with area businesses to provide extra funding, unique services and volunteer support. Launched in Wood County in 1985, it was one of the first Partners in Education programs in the state. Today, each of Wood County's 27 public schools, one technical center, one adult education center and four private schools have at least one business partner, with some schools having several business partners.

"The Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce prides itself on its direct connection with our education system," said Jill Parsons, president and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley. "A strong education system produces great talent that eventually become valuable employees. A strong education system enables businesses to recruit and retain key employees. A strong education system says that the community values lifelong learning."

Jackson Middle School will join Franklin Elementary School as Highmark West Virginia's partners in education. Highmark West Virginia and Franklin Elementary School have been partners since 1993.

"It is only through the sincere support of community partners like Highmark West Virginia that we are able to give our students opportunities that we otherwise couldn’t provide," said Richard Summers, principal, Jackson Middle School. "I would also like to thank Kraton for their long-standing relationship as our partner in education for more than 29 years."

Kraton Polymers will exit the partnership with Jackson Middle School later this year. It plans to focus its resources on its other partner in education, Belpre High School, which is located in closer proximity to the Belpre plant.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 280,000 customers through the company's health care benefits business and also serves tens of thousands of additional members through the Blue Card program. Highmark West Virginia employs approximately 800 people in Parkersburg, Charleston and Wheeling. Highmark West Virginia is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.
For more information, contact:
Kristy Cramlet
Highmark West Virginia
304-424-9888
kristy.cramlet@highmarkhealth.org