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Presbyterian Healthcare donates $1.8 milllion in services to Project L.I.F.T.
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Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation has committed $1.8 million in in-kind support to Project L.I.F.T., a private initiative to close the achievement gap for students in nine schools in Charlotte’s northwest corridor.

Presbyterian will provide preventive health and disease-management services to students zoned for Project L.I.F.T. schools, the company said Tuesday.

As part of the five-year L.I.F.T. partnership, Presbyterian already has immunized 200 rising sixth-graders to ensure they are ready to begin school this fall. In addition, students this summer will have access to sports physicals and immunizations needed for kindergarten enrollment. And during the school year, Presbyterian will provide health screenings, disease management and obesity-prevention education for Project L.I.F.T. students.

“Time and time again, it has been proven that healthier students learn more,” Paula Vincent, a senior vice president at Novant Health, which owns Presbyterian, said in announcing the gift.

Project L.I.F.T. was launched in January 2011 as a five-year program to boost the graduation rate from 54 percent to 90 percent for students who feed into West Charlotte High School. L.I.F.T. organizers, who include representatives from some of the Charlotte’s biggest foundations, set a goal to raise $50 million toward that cause.

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