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Galloway Foundation and Edyth Bush Foundation to help fund Florida’s Vision Quest project at Orlando’s Evans High School; Nearly 400 students to receive free eyeglasses

Feb 23, 2011 0 Comments

Orlando, FL – February 23, 2011 – Florida’s Vision Quest (FVQ) is elated to announce the receipt of generous donations of $50,000 from The Galloway Foundation and of a PediaVision screening device from The Edyth Bush Foundation. The gifts have been put to immediate use, as FVQ’s mobile vision unit will be on hand at Orlando’s Maynard Evans High School on Friday, February 25 at 10:00am to distribute eyeglasses to more than 120 teenage students who were screened via the donated PediaVision device. In all, nearly 400 Evans students will receive comprehensive eye exams and free eyeglasses between Friday and the impending FCAT exams slated for March/April.

These desperately needed funds could not have come at a better time, as nearly 25% of the school’s student population failed a recent vision screening, which was made possible by the gifts. While staggering to the layperson, the vision screening results come as no surprise to those in the know. Jeff Mortenson, VP of Sales & Marketing for Lake Mary, Florida based PediaVision, said; “The results of the Evans High School screenings are indicative that state screening mandates are not adequately identifying children that need care. It is likely that many of these students did not have a vision issue at the time of their 6th grade screening, which would be the last point at which state mandated screening would have occurred.”

FVQ is doing all that they can to address this very issue, and as such, The Galloway Foundation donation will help to fund not only the screenings, the comprehensive vision exams and the eyeglasses, but also an ongoing study at the school to track the academic progression of the benefiting students. FVQ, who is partnering with PediaVision in their screening efforts, hopes that the study will help to raise awareness about the epidemic of uncorrected vision impairment in Florida’s lower income schools, in addition to showing a direct correlation between vision correction and improved academic performance.

The gift will certainly be appreciated. Dr. David Christiansen, Principal of Evans High School, said; “We are honored and thankful for the efforts of Florida’s Vision Quest and The Galloway Foundation in screening our 2,000+ students, and also for their generous donation of desperately needed eyeglasses. Our students cannot succeed if they are unable to see properly. Many of our students come from high-poverty homes, and they would be unable to pay for glasses without this donation.”

Media members who are interested in covering this uplifting community event should contact Cristina Calvet-Harrold at 407-832-4814 or at

About Florida’s Vision Quest

Florida’s Vision Quest, founded in 1994, is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving more than 14,000 “at risk” children every year. 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.

Cristina M. Calvet-Harrold, +1-407-832-4814
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