‘Sight for Kids’: Better vision, brighter future for 308 learners in Biñan City
308 public elementary school students of Biñan City received eyeglasses from the Lions Club International Foundation and Marlyn ‘Len’ B. Alonte-Naguiat, Representative of the Lone Congressional District of Biñan City’s joint outreach program called Sight for Kids last March 22.
Steve Naguiat, husband of Congresswoman Alonte, attended the distribution in behalf of his wife. Officers and members of LCIF also helped in the culmination of Sight for Kids.
“A better eye vision means a better future for our children. This project will help our learners achieve an improved performance in schools,” said Dr. Gertrude A. Anunciacion, Education Program Supervisor of the School Governance and Operations Division (SGOD).
Rosario Sarao, representative from LCIF, added that ‘Sight for Kids’ also aimed to raise eye health awareness among communities. She demonstrated to the pupils how to take good care of their new eyeglasses. Their parents also attended the said activity.
The said project started on October 27, 2016 where LCIF trained 50 teachers and school heads on conducting proper sight screening. They also gave each school tools and materials needed for such purpose and posters on eye health education and safety.
In January 2017, after the screening of each teacher to their advisory classes, students who were identified as having a vision of 20/40 or poorer underwent an eye refraction test to measure their prescription eyeglasses.
In total, all 26 public elementary schools of Biñan City were selected as recipients of the project, with Southville 5A Elementary School as the first recipient in 2015. This year, Malaban Elementary School had the highest number of beneficiaries with 47 students. 32 students from Santo Tomas Elementary School received eyeglasses. Tied at 31, were Pagkakaisa Elementary School and Biñan Elementary School came next.
Sight for Kids, a worldwide program that has reached more than 23 million school children, primarily aims to screen all public elementary school learners and provide corrective eyeglasses to children with vision of 20/40 or poorer. (Dionisio T. Pobar III, EPS-II, SMN)