(Press Release) There were 50 volunteers at STRIVE Prep-Sunnyside on July 24th as VSP Vision Care eye doctors and volunteer employees alike — gathered together to help give 128 Denver children the gift of improved vision.
Von’s Back to School Vision Day, a program of Denver Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller’s foundation, Von’s Vision, is an annual event hosted to provide screenings, eye exams, and if needed, corrective eyewear for children before they head back to school.
Every year, 5,000 low-income first grade students enter the Denver public school system without ever seeing an eye doctor. More than 1,900 of them need glasses. The Denver school system currently has more than 27,000 low-income students who need some level of vision correction.
The foundation saw 128 Denver-area students between the ages of 5 and 18. A total of 116 of those children, or 91%, needed vision correction after their eye exam. For the first time in Von’s Vision history, thanks to the partnership with the VSP Mobile Eyes clinics, students received their new glasses on site. Children were also given a free book from Reading Is Fundamental, courtesy of Marchon Eyewear.
To reach the goal of providing 300 pairs of corrective eyewear to children heading back to school, gift certificates will be given to students who were not able to attend Von’s Back to School Vision Day.
Said Von Miller: “It’s the one thing they need to have a solid foundation in the classroom. There is no better way to start the school year off than with glasses and books to get these kids on the right track.”
Most current school screenings are inadequate to detect these kinds of problems. Von’s Vision operates with the premise to not only give students the gift of sight, but a chance to better their future by directly impacting their ability to learn.
Von’s Vision Day could not be possible without a host of generous sponsors and volunteers including STRIVE Prep., VSP Vision Care, and Marchon Eyewear.
For more information, visit vonmiller.org
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