The New Jersey kickoff was celebrated June 1, 2017 at Speedway Academies in Newark, where Jay Bromley, then a New York Giants defensive tackle, made a surprise appearance. Newark Public Schools is New Jersey’s largest school district, with an enrollment of almost 35,000 kids. Vision To Learn has provided over 7,000 vision screenings, 2,700 eye exams and 2,000 pairs of glasses in the first year of this program.
In March 2019, an expansion of services was celebrated, marking a widening of efforts to provide free vision screenings, eye exams and glasses to all Pre-K to 8th grade students in Jersey City, Orange and East Orange public schools by January 2020. Funded by Overdeck Family Foundation, the program, with the help of Helen Keller International’s mobile teams, is expected to reach 31,000 students and distribute 6,300 pairs of glasses.
“Whether it’s reading a book or seeing the board, students need to see clearly in and out of the classroom to reach their full potential,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “I’m grateful to Overdeck Family Foundation, Vision To Learn, Helen Keller International and Jersey City Public Schools for their innovative public-private partnership to provide new vision screenings, eye exams and glasses to all Pre-K to 8th grade students in the Jersey City School District. Building a stronger and fairer New Jersey means giving all our students the tools they need to excel academically.”
New Jersey Supporters
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Giants Foundation
Helen Keller International
Overdeck Family Foundation
Rathmann Challenge Grant
Vision To Learn, New Jersey
Giovanni Restrepo, Program Director
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