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NY Schoolchildren to Get Free Eyeglasses

The expanded program begins next school year.

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Kindergarten and first-grade students in New York City who need prescription glasses will get them for free as part of a newly expanded program, Chalkbeat reports.

It’s anticipated that about 33,000 pairs of eyeglasses will be distributed through the program, which is being offered in conjunction with Warby Parker.

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The program is expected to cost $6 million.

The expanded program begins next school year. The program has already been operating at 224 “community schools” throughout New York City, with 26,000 pairs of eyeglasses given out last year.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Being able to read the board and materials provided in the classroom can make all the difference for students as they learn to read and write.

“Too often students have vision impairments that go untreated and undiagnosed.”

Read more at the Chalkbeat

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