Vision To Learn launched its Georgia effort in August 2017, with events at Michael Hollis Innovation Academy and Welcome All Park & Multipurpose Center. Vision To Learn’s first Georgia vision van will provide free vision screenings, eye exams, and glasses to students in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) throughout the 2017-18 school year. APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen attended the Hollis Academy launch event, at which 49 students received glasses.
Vision To Learn’s Atlanta program is supported by the Atlanta Hawks Foundation. In addition to financial support, the Hawks Foundation will participate in several glasses-dispensing events at schools located near Hawks community basketball courts. Hawks players, mascot Harry the Hawk, and Hawks Cheerleaders will appear at schools to help celebrate kids’ receiving their new glasses. The first Hawks-themed event took place at Fickett Elementary School in December 2017.
With the help of local visionaries such as Georgia Power, Junior League of Atlanta, Waterfall Foundation, Learn4Life, and others, we have since launched in DeKalb and Clayton County schools to address the estimated 60,000 children in need of vision services. Our Georgia program has had particular success with providing services at out-of-school program sites as well. This is largely due to a successful partnership with the Cobb and Gwinnett County library systems. Over 700 children have received glasses thanks to this collaboration.
Bobbie Bailey Foundation
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Deerbrook Charitable Trust
Essilor Vision Foundation
Georgia Power Company
The Home Depot Foundation
Junior League of Atlanta
The Waterfall Foundation
Vision To Learn, Georgia
Ayanna Browne, Program Director
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