New Year Donation of Computers Enhances Learning Opportunities for Native American Youth


FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO – JANUARY 20, 2011 - Westfield Insurance donated sixty computers to Navajo Preparatory School Inc. to be used by teachers and students to further educational instruction and learning opportunities.

Academic excellence is one of Westfield Insurance’s focus areas. "Since expanding into New Mexico in 2008, we have been looking for opportunities to give back in meaningful ways where our agency partners do business and our customers live and work," said Richard Moors, Westfield New Mexico field representative.

Westfield Insurance asked agency partners to help identify nonprofit organizations and schools that would benefit from used computers. Lynn Mintz of AVI Agency thought of Navajo Preparatory School immediately. A college prep school sanctioned by the Navajo Nation, it has been in existence since 1991. The purpose is to provide quality and choice in education to Native American youth. Since many live in remote areas of the Navajo Reservation, the school provides transportation and living arrangements if needed as well. Lynn shared, “The school is very successful in its mission, with 90% of the graduates enrolling in institutions of higher education. It just so happens that the institution is an insured of Westfield’s so AVI is proud to be working with them to give back to the community in this way.”

Betty Ojaye, Executive Director of Navajo Preparatory, was very excited about the donation that took place during a recent school board meeting. "We have been focused for several years on renovations to our school - and having these computers available to teachers and students really rounds out our improvements and our ability to have better prepared students."

As of this date Westfield has additional computers available. If a school or nonprofit has a need they are encouraged to visit our Community section to find out more.

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