Blue Sky Therapy Donates Laptops to East High School

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Blue Sky Therapy has donated more than 200 laptops for students at East High School to use for their classwork.

Founded in 1986, the medical company – offering physical, occupational and speech therapists to skilled nursing and assisted living centers, as well as outpatient clinics and home health agencies – has long been a supporter of education efforts, said CEO and President Renee Halfhill in a statement.

“I hope that these computers will be able to expand student’s studies, help them to explore new course material and help provide access to computers that might have otherwise not existed,” said the Chaney High School graduate. “It is my hope that this donation can help to make a significant educational impact for both students and teachers in the district.”

Providing students with laptops has been part of Youngstown City Schools’ effort to improve attendance, said East High principal Jeremy Batchelor. With the donation of 213 computers, students will for the first time be able to check out laptops to take home for schoolwork.

“Right now, there is a big focus on student attendance. These laptops are going to become a part of our program to encourage and incentivize students for strong attendance,” he said

Added Denise Zordich, Youngstown City Schools’ dean of restoration: “At the end of the day, our biggest duty is to make a positive impact on these kids through genuine connections and showing we care about their future. The opportunity to give a senior a laptop for their college endeavors is huge.”

Blue Sky Therapy, based in Canonsburg, Pa.,  employs more than 1,500 therapists at sites ranging from Warren and Mansfield to Naples and Bonita Springs, Fla.

Pictured: Blue Sky Therapy business development manager Jim Marlowe and East High School principal Jeremy Batchelor.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.