In January 2016, Vision To Learn launched its first pilot project to provide free eye exams and glasses to children in Iowa, in the City of Dubuque and Jackson County. Through a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, the launch was celebrated at Fulton Elementary School. Vision To Learn was connected with Dubuque through the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a collaboration of foundations, nonprofits, states, and communities focused on the number one predictor of school success: third grade reading. This project was supported with a generous grant from Theisen’s Home Farm Auto.
Nearly 180 students attending Andrew Community School District, Dubuque Community School District and Maquoketa Community School District received a free eye exam during this early pilot, and 90 students received free glasses.
Following this success, Vision To Learn expanded to serve 41 schools in seven counties throughout Eastern Iowa during the 2016-2017 school year, including Allamakee, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson and Jones Counties. A new partnership by Vision To Learn with the United Way of Central Iowa and Prevent Blindness Iowa resulted in an additional pilot project during the Spring of 2017, resulting in eye exams for 214 students and 170 students’ being provided with free glasses—all within five elementary schools in the Des Moines Public School District.
Vision To Learn has continued to grow throughout the State of Iowa with additional launch sites in Fort Dodge, Waterloo, West Des Moines, West Liberty and across numerous out-of-school program sites during the summer months. To date, Vision To Learn Iowa has helped nearly 3,500 Iowa children.
An estimated 20,000 students in Iowa need glasses.
Allamakee Community Foundation
Black Hawk County Gaming Association
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Cedar Valley Medical Specialists
Cedar Valley Readers
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
Community Foundation of Jackson County
Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine
Delta Dental Iowa Foundation
Dubuque Racing Association
Jackson County Community Foundation
Jones County Community Foundation
Steve and Elaine Kahler
Klauer Optical Co.
Mid-Iowa Health Foundation
Midwest One Bank
Prevent Blindness Iowa
Trey Sucher Law
Theisen’s Home Farm Auto
United Way of Central Iowa
Unity Point Health – Waterloo
Vision To Learn, Iowa
Corrine Kroger, Regional Director
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