South Whittier School District students received free vision testing and glasses provided by Charity Vision International Foundation’s a “Force for Good” School Screening Program this past month.
Dr. Larcabel, an optometrist at Norwalk Family Optometry, who is a local physician partner with the foundation, has been visiting the schools in the South Whittier School District and has provided vision testing for all students and free glasses for students who need them.
At Carmela elementary school there were 29 students who received vision tests and 19 of them will be receiving free glasses.
“I think this is an awesome event and it pleases me to be a part of something that makes a difference for these kids,” Brenda Aleman, Licensed Vocational Nurse at Carmela Elementary, stated. “The optometrist and his staff are really nice and work very well with the children.”
Charity Vision’s model is to partner with local physicians. The charity provides these experienced local physicals with the equipment and supplies needed, and the physicians provide their time and expertise for free.
“We are pleased to be able to offer vision screening, visual exams, and free glasses for our students in collaboration with Dr. Larcabel, optometrist of Norwalk Family Optometry, and CharityVision International, a nonprofit organization,” Kate Smith, Director of Special Education and Student Services, said. “Vision impacts students' access to curriculum, reading, and participation in the classroom. It's exciting to be able to provide this free service to our students!”