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Florida’s Vision Quest Makes Big Difference in South Florida Community

Sep 30, 2013 0 Comments

ORLANDO, FL – Florida’s Vision Quest just began an initiative to provide hundreds of children in Collier County with the gift of vision with their mobile vision clinic. This effort has been made possible by the Naples Children and Education Foundation, who provided a grant to the Central Florida based organization. This endowment comes as a part of the NCEF’s plan to better the lives of Collier County’s underprivileged children.

"NCEF has made it a part of their mission for every child in Collier County to see clearly, especially at the high school level,” said FVQ CEO Nancy Jeppesen. “We are honored to be a part of this initiative to make a difference in the lives of so many children in the Collier County community.”

The Mobile Vision Clinic’s plan is to visit 24 Title One schools in Collier County over the next three months. Each student who visits the bus will receive a comprehensive eye exam from a licensed optometrist. Students in need of glasses will receive two free pairs – one to keep at home, and one to keep at school.

In Collier County, children are only screened for vision problems in kindergarten, first grade, third grade, and sixth grade. Lack of vision in students has been associated with illiteracy, misbehavior, and lack of concentration in school.

According to NCEF trustee Bob Clifford, there is a bigger picture to the foundation’s partnership with Florida’s Vision Quest.

“We see a clear progression from better vision to increased literacy, fewer societal problems and a strong economy,” said Clifford.

Florida’s Vision Quest plans on assessing the eyesight of over 20,000 students in the 2013-2014 school year.

About Florida’s Vision Quest

Florida’s Vision Quest, founded in 1994, is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We provide children from low-income and uninsured families across the state with free eye exams and eyeglasses, in addition to raising awareness about the epidemic of uncorrected vision problems amongst low-income students. We are committed to fiscal responsibility, and to being good stewards of the support and resources that we receive from our generous benefactors. For more information, visit http://www.flvq.org.

Media Contact: Brittany W. Lyne, 407-761-0619, brittany@cchmarketing.com

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