In early September, the Chester Lions Club, on behalf of the Lions Eye/Earmobile Foundation of New Jersey, helped to coordinate vision screenings for a number of urban schools, operated by the “Leaguers, Inc.” The Leaguers provide free pre-school/ Head Start programs for local families in Newark and Irvington, New Jersey.
The screenings, which were conducted by the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), began on September 9th and were completed on September 23, 2014. Over the course of 6 sessions, 355 children were screened, most of whom were in the 3 to 4 year old range. Additionally, it is important to note that no costs were incurred by either the Leaguers or the Lions. The CBVI does the work gratis as a state agency, and encourages organizations to contact them for such screenings.
Both the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Leaguers were very pleased with the outcome of the screenings and send their thanks to the Chester Lions Club and the Eye/ Earmobile Foundation.
The Chester Lions Club would like to thank member Lions Jaime Goodrich, Harry Gorman, Jack Wolfe, Arline Rossi, and Dennis Rossi for volunteering their time. And a big thank you to Stan Pukash for working with the Leagures and the CBVI to not only organize the visits but for attending all the sessions and making sure the experience went smoothly.
Lions clubs or schools looking to get involved by setting up screenings are encouraged to contact the Lions Eye/Earmobile Foundation of New Jersey or contacting the Chester Lions Club.