Bubble Break 3/12/12

We had a bubble tea, kids themed study break. Fruity Yogurt donated both Original and Mango Tea. We also had coloring pages, bubbles, and balloons! It was lots of fun, and we raised $70 at the event.

Valentine’s Day Truffle Fundraiser 2/14/2012

Our Truffle Fundraiser was super successful this year! We sold over 200 truffles in Frist and raised $100, which funds 2 cataract surgeries :)

 

Little Kids College Outreach

Tommy and I went to Little Kids College, a very cute school for 3-5 year old children who were napping when we arrived in the afternoon.

Our impact:

  • directly presented to 3 teachers
  • information will be passed indirectly to 1 more teacher and several teacher assistants
  • information will be used to help the current 60 children and others in the future who come through the preschool

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Though our presentation only went over the importance of eye exams, facts about eye diseases, and resources for parents and kids for eye care access, we thought it was especially engaging and helpful to just talk with the teachers and answer questions they personally had about the material. We gave lots of information on amblyopia (lazy eye) to Mrs. Commander and heard several stories from the teachers about experiences with family members or friends who have kids with eye problems. The presentation also reminded all of us to get eye exams from ophthalmologists or optometrists this year! We also had a brief discussion on other visual problems that impair learning, like dyslexia.

It is crucial to target teachers who do teach kids as young as the ones at Little Kids College and armed with this new information, the teachers there will now be able to watch out for signs of nearsightedness, farsightedness, amblyopia, strabismus, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). In addition, Mrs. Watson mentioned that a few of the employees may also benefit from the information we gave them on free eye insurance organizations for kids (see links below). In summary, we had a great time with the teachers and we hope that they’ll be able to use our information to detect any visual problems they may encounter in their students!

Helpful Resources:

Health Insurance/Free Eyecare Programs for Kids

The program was designed to cover uninsured children in families with incomes that are modest but too high to qualify for

Medicaid.

Information about Dyslexia/Other Vision-related Learning Problems

Unite for Sight national website:

http://www.uniteforsight.org

Holiday Card Fundraiser!

Please support our holiday card fundraiser by ordering here:

 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDBhOXpxUndMendFRUVhRHZCWml2X3c6MQ