Helping young learners to see in Upper Darby

Partners for Public Education and the Upper Darby Education Support Professionals Association hosted the Philadelphia Eye Mobile at Upper Darby Community Day on Oct. 22.

The Eagles Eye Mobile, operated by the Eagles Charitable Foundation, gives students in need the opportunity to have an eye exam and glasses made on site at no cost. It has provided vision care to under-insured and uninsured children in the Greater Philadelphia area since 1996.

At the Upper Darby event, 22 students received free eye exams and new glasses.

"Eighty percent of learning in school is visual," said Denise Kennedy, a secretary at Garrettford Elementary School and event organizer for the Upper Darby Education Support Professionals Association. "Twenty percent of school age children have vision problems that impair academic performance because they cannot properly see the board or their books. Many vision problems can be caught by a simple vision exam, but many low-income children go without this vital exam."

The Upper Darby Education Support Professionals Association includes school secretaries, classroom aides, bus aides, and other paraprofessionals.

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Read more in the November 2016 issue of Partners Post.

 

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