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It’s eyes front at six schools

In six schools, in only six days, six Gorge Lions clubs screened 1,170 students for vision problems.

A total of 149 students were found to have vision problems which could affect their school success. A referral form was sent to the parents of identified students, encouraging them to have a professional eye exam.

Without this Lions Club program, many of these students’ vision problems would go undetected, causing them to struggle in school and often worse problems.

In November, a large crew of volunteers to completed the screenings, including 50 Lion and Lioness club members, Lions Foundation staff members, 21 school volunteers and six professionals from Cascade Eye Center. Screeners used new vision screening kits which allowed them to quickly screen for more potential problems.

First-time screening volunteer Heidi Venture said, “This may be the most important thing I’ve done as a Lion. Helping so many kids get the vision attention they need made me feel great. I’ll be back next year, for sure.”

Participating elementary schools were Cascade Locks, Mid Valley, Parkdale, Westside and May Street. Wy’east Middle School sixth-graders participated, as well.

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