Two Decades of Providing School Supplies to New Mexico Students
Albuquerque, NM — For two decades employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) have generously donated time and money to provide school supplies for students in need as part of their Operation Back to School (OBTS) campaign. Over 35 school districts and an additional 28 individual schools have benefitted from OBTS throughout the years. BCBSNM employees will deliver this year’s donations to ten schools and districts around New Mexico. For some deliveries, Blue Bear, the BCBSNM mascot, will join the caravan to deliver school supplies.
OBTS began on a small scale in 1990 as a project to support the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority. District-wide beneficiaries this year include Taos Municipal Schools, Mora Independent Schools, and Reserve Independent Schools; individual schools include Lowell, La Mesa, and Armijo Elementary schools in Albuquerque, and Salazar, Ramirez Thomas, Agua Fria, and R.M. Sweeney Elementary schools in Santa Fe.
"Adequate school supplies let students and teachers focus on what’s really important, learning," said Liz Watrin, President of BCBSNM. "The employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico have worked tirelessly to provide school supplies to help students have a productive school year. Our employees are committed to continuing Operation Back to School especially during these tough economic times."
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
With 312,000 members and serving another 63,000 New Mexicans through the nationwide BlueCard® Program, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is the largest commercial membership health insurer in New Mexico. Since 1940, BCBSNM has been committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSNM is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall. Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Becky Kenny (505-816-2012 or 505-999-8806, Becky_Kenny@bcbsnm.com)