On Oct. 1 - 2, approximately 1,700 Peachtree Elementary students received free vision screenings with the help of volunteers from Alcon’s Johns Creek office and Prevent Blindness Georgia. Then, on October 14-16, Essilor Vision Foundation, Alcon, Prevent Blindness Georgia, and volunteering eye care professionals performed free eye exams for the students who required further evaluation. For those children who needed glasses, they got to choose choose their own pair of glasses from a selection of eyeglass frames.
Since 2012, Kids Vision for Life has performed more than 6,000 screenings, more than 1,000 eye exams and dispensed nearly 900 pairs of custom, free eyeglasses for students at Peachtree Elementary.
“Providing the tools necessary for a student to be successful in school and the community is the most extraordinary gift a child can receive A student can learn to the best of his/her ability when they can see clearly which in turn increases self-esteem and confidence both in school and community,” said Principal Kara Dutton.
Volunteers can get involved with Kids Vision for Life by assisting at future events or raising awareness to bring the program to more Title I schools.
“Our hope is that if we can generate more awareness and involvement for this program, we can bring it to additional schools in the future,” added McCann.
In other news: The Atlanta Community Food Bank was one of 21 organizations to receive funding from BJ's Charitable Foundation to help its partner agencies feed more people in need. With a $23,500 grant, Never Alone, based in Woodstock will receive new refrigeration to benefit the 23,320 people that are food insecure in Cherokee County. BJ's Wholesale Club distributed grants to 20 additional Feeding America food banks.