STAPLES — Lakewood Health System announced Friday, Jan. 29, a formal commitment to support the Staples-Motley Independent School District and its efforts to develop long-range facility plans.

Lakewood strongly believes the plan being proposed for the April referendum will contribute to a healthier community for school-aged children and for everyone, according to officials.

“Education and good health over a lifetime are closely linked,” Lakewood’s Chief Financial Officer Lisa Bjerga stated in a news release. “We know health impacts everyone, not just for the patients and residents who come to Lakewood for care.”

Lakewood’s stated mission is to provide quality, personalized health care for a lifetime. Local school districts play a critical role in providing healthy and safe places for students to learn, the release stated.

“The conditions where we live, learn, work and play can have a profound effect on our health, and through the endorsement of projects and programs, we know we can help create vibrant communities in our region,” Bjerga stated.

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Lakewood is excited to pledge its ongoing commitment with the Staples-Motley Independent School District — and with many local city, county and township leaders — to make investments and create healthier communities, according to Lakewood officials.

“We look forward to working with the Staples-Motley Independent School District during its design phase to ensure community health is an important outcome of the plan,” Bjerga stated.

These contributions and dedicated investments will ensure the 1,000 students enrolled at Staples-Motley Independent School District can thrive in the classroom and in life.

“Investments that improve educational outcomes, health and overall well-being are a win-win-win for us all,” Bjerga stated.