CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Vision to Learn offers children in the Charleston County School District free eye tests, eye exams and new prescription glasses. CCDS has partnered with MUSC Health to make this program possible.
On Monday, the first 87 children of Stono Park Primary School will have an easier time seeing and learning after receiving free glasses from Vision to Learn. The program started here in the fall.
“Today we are proclaiming Vision to Learn Day in the City of Charleston,” said Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg.
US Senator Tim Scott, who addressed the students, was also in attendance today at Stono Park Elementary.
“Dream really big, and your glasses will help you see a better future,” Scott said.
The program is currently in 500 cities across the country, and so far they have helped 1.5 million children, according to Vision to Learn founder and president Austin Beutner. He estimates that 10,000 of the 50,000 students in CCSD schools need glasses to see in and out of the classroom.
Beutner said that when children are given glasses, not only does their learning improve, but their self-esteem and ability to engage with their classmates also improve.
“It’s good because I couldn’t see as well,” said fifth-grader Julia Bennett, who received glasses today.
“We know that in this time of covid, children are struggling. We know it has been a difficult time. It’s one of those things that we can help kids get back on track, help them feel about themselves, help them learn, ”Beutner said.
Beutner said his goal was to help 3,000 Charleston children by the end of this school year. They have already helped 1,000.
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