This year, Lieutenant Governor Josh Green and Kenton Eldridge, together with the guidance and advocacy of Kamehameha schools, encouraged Vision To Learn to help kids on Moloka`i. In partnership with Project Vision Hawai`i, the entire school population had their vision screened; and 175 students of the 1,110 screened were referred for eye exams. In the last weeks of November, Vision To Learn provided each of these students with eye exams. The support from the Moloka`i community has been a powerful inspiration for our staff and for our partners.
On December 11th, all 175 students who need glasses will receive them. Many of these students have spent the majority of their school careers struggling to see the board, or read words on a page. Some students had glasses when they were younger but have not had their prescription updated or frames refitted for over four years. Private donations as well as support from the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation, the Atherton Family Foundation, and First Hawaiian Bank have made the Moloka`i project possible. If nothing else, the Moloka`i project shows that when community champions come together, positive change can happen quickly.