HAP Donates $30,000 to Oakland Schools Homeless Student Education Program
2,000+ Students to Receive Backpacks & Supplies
WATERFORD, MI – September 8, 2010 – The Oakland Schools Homeless Student Education Program gratefully received a check for ,000 from Health Alliance Plan (HAP) to purchase school supplies, backpacks, and personal items for the more than 2,000 students they will serve this year.
Mark Hall, Vice President, HAP Commercial Group Sales and Services, presented the check to Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, Superintendent, Oakland Schools, at the Homeless Student Education Program offices (Summit Campus, 2214 Mall Drive East – behind the Summit Place Mall off of Telegraph Road in Waterford), on the first day of school, September 7.
"HAP wants to send Oakland County's homeless children off to school in the fall fully equipped to succeed, so we welcomed the opportunity to provide back packs and school supplies for them," said Mark Hall. "Many people would be surprised to learn how deeply homelessness affects the public school system, students and families in Oakland County." Hall also serves on the board of directors as vice president of fundraising for the Oakland Schools Education Foundation.
The Oakland Schools Homeless Student Education Program serves homeless students in all 28 Oakland County school districts and ensures that all students are provided with the educational services they need, including enrollment, placement, community services, and representation between schools and districts. Last year, the program coordinated tutoring, summer school, supplies, school clothing, and transportation assistance for more than 1,300 homeless students. It is estimated that there are now between 3,000 and 10,000 homeless students in Oakland County, a 200% increase from just last year. Of these, it is now estimated that the program will serve at least 2,000 identified homeless students this year. The average age of Oakland County's homeless population is only nine years old.
Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, Superintendent, Oakland Schools, said, "Due to the impact of today's tough economy, we are seeing a growing need for this program and supplies such as those we can now purchase, thanks to HAP's generous donation. We are grateful for the opportunity afforded by HAP to deliver backpacks and essential supplies to youngsters who are in great need of a helping hand. Thank you, HAP, for your caring and kindness."
Another formal presentation was made to the Oakland Schools Board of Education at its regularly scheduled meeting on September 7.
To learn more about the Oakland Schools Homeless Student Education Program, please visit the Oakland Schools website (www.oakland.k12.mi.us), click on "Departments" then "Wraparound/Homeless" or contact Susan Benson, Program Director, at (248) 209-2437 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from the check presentation ceremony are available at www.flickr.com/photos/healthallianceplan.