By Pipper Holmes
The number of people in the world who need glasses is a shocking 61 percent. This number continues to grow. Here at East we are combating this problem for our students and students around the district. We have the amazing opportunity to do so thanks the Vision Care program here lead by Mr. Logan Newman, Yamaraitza Vega, and East students who help run the program.
We have done incredible things so far. As a member of the program, one of my proudest times is when we sent over 200 glasses to those in need in Puerto Rico, after the devastating natural disaster that sweep through. A kindergarten teacher once told Mr. Newman that a child's sight words went from 3 to 30 in less than a month.
Mr. Newman, a wonderful member of the community, has received numerous awards for his efforts to help combat this problem. He has received the Teacher of the Year award through RTA, the LifeChangers of the year award, and the Rochester Business Journal Powerful Partnership with Rochester Optical. This program is so valuable because it prepares scholars to strive in the real world. Mr. Newman has gotten students opportunities to work at major optical facilities that pay significantly well. He has even had students get accepted to ECC to study in the field of optometry. Right now they are currently finishing up college and earning their degree. This is program is not only beneficial to the children who receive glasses but also to those who take this program and many people don't realize that.
Over the last seven years the Vision Care program has made over 3550 pairs of glasses and each year the number rises expediently. We host doctor visits throughout the year. We have five more doctor visits at East this year on January 16, February 25, March 11, April 3 and May 6. If you feel like you might need your vision checked stop by E107 to see if we can get you in our next doctor visit.