HCSD School Nurses Team up to Provide Students with Vision Screening and Glasses
The Hall County Schools’ school nurse program has formed a partnership with the North Hall Lions Club to implement the “Eyes for Education” vision-screening program for all Hall County elementary schools.
Students are visual learners and over 80% of what they learn is by seeing. Simply put, students must be able to see clearly to learn.
Vision screening and vision services have been a long-standing initiative of Lion’s Club International. It is a natural partnership for the school nurses of the Hall County School District to collaborate with the North Hall Lion’s Club to provide vision screens for our students.
Through this partnership, the Lions Club purchased a SPOT vison screening camera for school use. This was made possible through a Jackson EMC Community Foundation grant of $7,058.00 (see picture above L-R Christy Moore/Jackson EMC Foundation Board, Don Wagner/Lion’s Club , Mamie Coker/Hall County Schools/Roberta Wagner/Lion’s Club, Dr. David Sargent/Lion’s Club, and David Lee/Jackson EMC.
Each elementary school nurse coordinates an “Eyes for Education” screening day, and two Lions Club members volunteer their time to assist at each school (See picture above of school nurse, Julie Evans, LPN, screening a student while Lion’s Club Dr. David Sargent assists).
The average referral rate in Georgia for vision screening failures is approximately 8%. Even though in its early stages, the “Eyes for Education” initiative has already resulted in 32% of Hall County students receiving recommendations for professional eye exams.
Additionally, the Hall County School District has collaborated with America’s Best to provide fifty free eye exams–and glasses–to students referred by school nurses as part of its “Thanksgiving Giveaway” program.
“It is amazing how once we identified the need for more vision screens, everything fell into place. From receiving the grant, to the volunteer help from the Lion’s Club, and free glasses from America’s Best,” said Mamie Coker, BSN, RN Health Services Coordinator for the Hall County School District. “This is a perfect example of the community coming together to meet the needs of our children. This would not have been possible without the help from the Lion’s Club.”