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FWISD to Observe World Sight Day Distributing Free Glasses to Nearly 200 Students

Who: Fort Worth ISD, Alcon Foundation, Community Eye Clinic and the University of North Texas Health Science Center

 

What: World Sight Day

 

When: 3-7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14

 

Where: Clifford Davis Elementary School, 4300 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, 76119

 

Visual: Nearly 200 Clifford Davis Elementary will receive their new glasses to try on. Parents are invited to participate in educational programming about eye care.

 

FWISD to Observe World Sight Day Distributing Free Glasses to Nearly 200 Students

 

Summary: Fort Worth ISD will is observing World Sight Day by distributing nearly 200 pairs of free eyeglasses to students and educating parents about the importance of proper eye care.  

 

From 3-7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14, eyeglasses recipients at FWISD’s Clifford Davis Elementary School and their parents are invited to participate in programming focused on the 2021 World Sight Day theme: #LoveYourEyes. Students at the school will receive glasses at no cost through a partnership between the District, the Alcon Foundation, Community Eye Clinic and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.  

 

District organizers for FWISD’s World Sight Day event say eyesight correction has a direct impact on students’ academic success. Without it, they may struggle as they learn to read or even solve a math problem.   

“The goal is to empower all students to say ‘my eyes are ready to learn,’” said Presciliana Olayo, FWISD Vision Care Services coordinator. 

The Alcon Foundation gave free comprehensive eye exams to students at Clifford Davis Elementary and vision screenings to students at seven other FWISD elementary schools on September 23. Of the students that received eye exams at Clifford Davis, 186 were recommended for eyeglasses, which will be delivered on October 14.  

Approximately one-third of FWISD students lack eye correction and many are without access to eye care services, according to the Alcon Foundation. Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, FWISD’s grant-funded Children’s Vision Care Program intends to provide free vision screenings and comprehensive eye exams to 35,000 students at all 77 Title I elementary schools in the District. Alcon Foundation volunteers are expected to provide vision screenings at those same 77 schools this semester.  

The FWISD Board of Education, on September 28, approved a three-year partnership agreement between the District and the Alcon Foundation to operate a free school-based eye care center at the Western Hills Family Resource Center on the Western Hills Elementary School campus. District officials say the school-based eye care center will offer free eyecare services to FWISD’s under-served students under 18 in efforts of reducing barriers that impact a child’s health, wellbeing and academic readiness. Recently, volunteers from the Alcon Foundation participated in painting a mural on the exterior wall of the new clinic.    

The Alcon Foundation has provided eye care services to pre-kindergarten through fifth grade FWISD students, reaching approximately 30% of the student population, for more than nine years. 

For additional information about the World Sight Day event at Clifford Davis Elementary or the Children’s Vision Care Program, contact Ms. Olayo by calling 817-814-2813 or emailing Presciliana.olayo@fwisd.org.

 

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