The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools held a special ceremony to announce two award winners, the 2019 Corporate Partner of the Year and the 2019 Advocate for Education.
Mercy Health Systems was named the 2019 Corporate Partner of the Year. They were honored for their commitment to students through the SPS Choice Program created in 2014 that gives 50 eighth grade students the chance to learn for a year through the lens of healthcare.
Mercy also partners with Springfield Public Schools on the Health Sciences Academy, supporting the Healthy Places to Play initiative. Mercy has provided over $630,000 in support to SPS since 2008.
“We are very fortunate to have hundreds of corporate partners and donors that support the FSPS, our students and teachers, through donations, event sponsorships, endowment funds and more,” Natalie Murdock, Executive Director for the FSPS, said in a statement. “Those recognized today, rose to the top because they have gone above and beyond, in their support.”
The 2019 Advocate for Education winner was the Turner Family. The award is given for the family’s support of the Springfield Public School system that goes “above and beyond.”
Bill and Ann Turner, along with their children and grandchildren, have been backers of the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools since it was founded in 1990. In 2002, the Turner Family established a fund to recognize five outstanding reading teachers each year. The family has provided $180,000 to support teachers and literacy efforts in Springfield Public Schools.
“We are so grateful for the Turner Family’s support and the impact they have made on thousands of students who take part in the reading programs each year,” said Executive Director Murdock. “We truly appreciate all of the donors who give to help make Springfield Public Schools student’s and teacher’s education experiences the best and brightest possible.”