Michael Lawton, CEO of United Healthcare Community Plan of Florida, along with Miami city officials, recently presented 50 Miami children with laptop computers. The kids were the winners of the “Get Healthy Now Kids” essay contest sponsored by the City of Miami Office of Grants Administration Education Initiatives.Miami children in grades 3 to 6 were encouraged to share ideas on how to live a healthy lifestyle through the “Get Healthy Now Kids” essay contest for their chance to receive a donated laptop from UnitedHealthcare’s Community Computers program. Fifty children were selected as first place winners of the essay contest and received a laptop donated by UnitedHealthcare.
“Computers are an integral part of our 21st Century economy, so it’s essential that our children learn how best to integrate the technology into their learning,” said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. “They will afford our students the opportunity to conduct educational research and enable them to better compete in an increasingly computer-savvy world.
“I thank UnitedHealthcare for recognizing the importance of connecting students to computers and bringing opportunity to children who previously lacked to technology,” the mayor added.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to help children learn more about their health and well-being, and to donate these laptops that will give them greater access to technology and enhance their education,” Lawton said.
UnitedHealthcare has donated 75 computers to local community organizations in Florida since beginning the Community Computers program in 2012.
UnitedHealthcare has donated more than 2,000 computers in 15 states since the program began in 2012. For more information about Community Computers and to apply for computers, visit www.uhccommunityplan.com/community-partners/fl.html.