Hollis Students Receive Free Prescription Glasses (Covered by WSB-TV News)
November 20, 2019
“If you can’t see, how can you learn?” WSB-TV Atlanta anchor Wendy Corona asked her viewers that question during a recent news segment. Corona and WSB-TV were at Hollis Innovation Academy on Nov. 19 when National Vision Inc. and America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses delivered prescription glasses to more than 150 students who needed them.
Sponsored by America’s Best and Westside Future Fund (WFF), the delivery came just a few weeks after National Vision visited the school and provided free vision screenings to more than 150 students and parents.
“I can’t see small AB letters, but now that I [have] glasses I can see better,” said one Hollis student after receiving her new bright pink glasses.
When sharing about the significance of the screening event and the results, National Vision CEO Reade Fahs explained, “It’s an unusually large number, we were surprised. About 38% of the kids needed glasses.”
The goal of the vision screening ensured children are equipped for success by correcting any vision issues that may have been impacting their ability to learn all while making sure that it didn’t put a financial strain on families.
“You can’t read what you can’t see,” explained WFF Board Chair-Elect Beverly Tatum. “You have to have good vision to be able to fully participate in a classroom.”