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Giving vision to children

Several years ago we adopted the Moffett Elementary School in Lennox.  This Title 1 school has approximately 800 students who mostly rely on their school lunch as their only meal for the day. Over the years, we have provided the school with much needed supplies, read to the children on many occasions, assisted with landscaping, and given away dictionaries and backpacks filled with school supplies (among other services).

Our latest project at Moffett is one that we know will surely capture your interest. 

We have just partnered with Vision to Learn (www.visiontolearn.org).  This is an organization that provides free eye exams and free glasses for those kids in need.  Later this month, members of our club will provide initial screenings for all 800 students at Moffett.  After the initial screenings, those students who appear to have vision problems will be examined by eye doctors who will visit the school in their mobile eye exam lab.  Then in May, those children who need glasses will get just that.  For many of the children, next May will literally be an eye opening experience.

The task of the Manhattan Beach Rotary is to:

1.       Pre-Screen the entire school (over 800 Moffett Elementary kids) to identify which children may have vision problems which might be correctable with eyeglasses. This eye chart testing will take place on February 25 and 27 – VERY SOON. We will be trained to do the eye exam chart testing;

2.       Help assist with the mobile Vision to Learn testing by eye doctors on April 1, 2 and 3;

3.       Help assist with the eyeglass fitting and distribution on May 19;

4.       Pay $9,000 for the estimated costs of eyeglasses for the average number of children who will need them at this size of a school.

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