In the three years since Vision To Learn launched, we have made an indelible and profound impact in the communities we’ve served. Students who have struggled to read the words on a page or see the lessons on a classroom board now have the tools they need to improve the quality of their education, as well as the quality of their lives.
The effects of poor vision can have a detrimental effect on a child’s life. Kids will struggle to keep up with the rest of their class. They may experience difficulties paying attention, and become distracted by activities that don’t strain their eyes. Some may experience issues with self-confidence, and avoid participating in class. As a result, test scores and GPAs drop, and the children can be labeled “problem learners.”
There is perhaps no greater endorsement we can ask than from the children themselves. I invite you to view Mireya Tells Her Story, and listen to her experience living with poor vision, and the impact a pair of glasses had on her life.
We look forward to helping many more children like Mireya.
Ann Hollister is Executive Director of Vision To Learn. Ann has a long history of community and philanthropic engagement following a professional career as a political consultant and Congressional aide. Ann is a committed leader of community organizations, and is thrilled to serve a non-profit that makes such a proven difference in young people’s lives. Ann brings over 30 years of public sector and non-profit board experience to her role.