Vision to Learn’s mobile clinic rolls into Leataata Floyd
Students at Leataata Floyd Elementary School received free glasses last week from Vision to Learn, a non-profit that brings state-of-the-art mobile eye clinics to elementary schools in low-income communities to provide free eye exams and free eye glasses.
Vision To Learn was created by the Beutner Family Foundation. Austin Beutner, who made a fortune in investment banking, has made it his mission to get eyeglasses to kids who need them. “My mom was a public school reading teacher,” he told The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board. “I was a public school kid.”
Nearly one-quarter-million young children across California do not have the glasses they need to read their books, see the chalkboard or participate in class. According to a study by the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health, more than 20 percent of elementary school students in low-income communities have a vision problem and 96 percent of those students who need glasses do not have them. Students with untreated eye problems have lower academic performance which impacts their life trajectory.
Vision to Learn’s mobile clinic will be at Bret Harte Elementary School on Friday.