The Antrim Bennington Lions Club has partnered with school nurses and school administrators at the elementary schools in Antrim, Bennington (Pierce), Hancock, Francestown and Greenfield and the middle school in Antrim (Great Brook) to provide free vision screening during the two weeks beginning October 30, 2017.
The Lions Club will also be screening children at The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center in Antrim during this two week period.
The screening schedule is as follows:
Pierce School - Monday Oct 30th
Francestown Elementary and Hancock Elementary - Wednesday Nov 1st
Greenfield Elementary - Thursday Nov 2nd
Great Brook School - Friday Nov 3rd
Antrim Elementary - Wednesday Nov 8th
The Grapevine will be screened over several days
More than 12 million school-age children in the United States have some form of vision problem, yet only one in three have received eye care services before age six.1 Many vision problems run the risk of becoming permanent if not corrected by age seven, when the eye reaches full maturity. Vision also plays an important role in education. According to educational experts, 80 percent of learning is visual.
“Early screening leads to early detection, which helps ensure that children get the follow-up care they need,” said Dick Loveland, the former Club Coordinator for vision screening. “We want to make sure that correctible vision problems don’t stand in the way of our children learning and seeing the world clearly.”
The screening event is part of a nationwide initiative called Lions KidSight USA, a national coalition that brings together Lions programs that screen children from 6 months to 6 years of age. KidSight USA was developed by Lions in the U.S. to protect the eye health of America’s children in their early years. Lions in the U.S. currently screen more than 500,000 children per year. Learn more about Lions KidSight USA at KidSightUSA.org.