Vision for the Future

 
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On Saturday, December 1, Bridging For Tomorrow hosted a vision screening in our Community Center.  Thanks to a long-standing partnership with Spring Klein Vision Center and the assistance of Klein ISD's Health Services, 46 students from 7 local schools were able to get free vision screenings and new glasses.

The Community Center was buzzing with activity as families came for their appointments and were greeted by volunteers from Klein ISD, given exams by students from the University of Houston College of Optometry, and fitted for free glasses by volunteers from Spring Klein Vision Center.  Volunteers also entertained children while they waited with books from our children's library, coloring sheets, and toys for the younger kids.

It was a joy to see so many smiling faces while school nurses welcomed their students and offered them encouragement as they each selected frames that fit their personalities. One such student has needed glasses for two years, but the financial burden and lack of transportation has prevented the family from obtaining them. Thanks to this year’s Vision Screening taking place close to their home, he finally received a pair. 

A child’s vision can have a big impact on his or her performance in school. Not only does an inability to see clearly affect learning, teachers often report seeing dramatic changes in student’s behavior after receiving glasses. This event was truly an example of neighbors, schools, and local businesses coming together to help make our community stronger.

 
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I wanted to say how blessed we were to be able to use Bridging For Tomorrow for the vision event on December 1st. The set-up, facilities and staff were truly amazing, which definitely added to the success of the event.
— Yvonne Clarke, Klein ISD's Health Services Coordinator.