Ballington Academy is given electronic bulletin board and more

Ballington Academy website photo

EL CENTRO — MediExcel Health Plan, a California HMO specializing in Binational Healthcare, presented Ballington Academy for the Arts & Sciences with a new electronic bulletin board, a two-year technology subscription and more than 100 new backpacks Thursday, August 31, according to MediExcel’s press release.

“This generous donation will help contribute to the academic success of our student body for this upcoming school year and add to their future academic success,” said Ballington Academy for the Arts & Sciences Principal William Anderson in the release. “Many students come from low-income homes in El Centro and parents may have difficulty buying supplies or investing in school property. Donations such as this is why we are able to continue offering innovative and quality education focusing on real-world skills to our students.”

The $5,000 in-kind donation builds on a longstanding partnership between MediExcel Health Plan and Volunteers of America Southwest, a nonprofit, faith-based organization whose Community and Education Corporation makes Ballington Academy for the Arts & Sciences possible, according to the press release.

“MediExcel is committed to supporting the communities we serve. By partnering with Volunteers of America and assisting their efforts of providing the necessary tools to improve and transform lives, we are not only impacting the lives of the students but everyone in their communities,” said Anthony Llompart, director of Sales & Marketing for MediExcel Health Plan in the release. “We are pleased to continue our strong partnership.”

Ballington Academy is a public charter school educating students from transitional kindergarten through sixth grade, according to its webpage. The school offers an innovative science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, using a hands-on, projects-based learning approach. The goal of this curriculum is to give students real-world, 21st century skills in an innovative and engaging environment resulting in high academic results.

MediExcel Health Plan is an ACA compliant, Binational HMO, licensed by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). They offer covered health benefit options to employer groups in San Diego and Imperial County. Care is delivered at their all-inclusive healthcare campus in Tijuana, MX and through their Medical Network in Mexicali, MX, according to the release.