This past September, the South Jersey Eye Center was extremely honored to host visitors from Lions Clubs International Foundation to South Jersey Eye Center and the City of Camden for International Literacy Day activities.
Lion Linda Madden, wife of Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden along with Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor on International Education – USAID, Andreja Stojkovski from Lions of Macedonia, Patrick Cucci and David Smith from Scholastic, and other Lion dignitaries embarked on a trip to Camden and other cities including Atlanta, and Washington DC to spread information about the importance of literacy and its connection with vision — especially for children.
The day began with a vision screening (assisted by Lions from District 16C) using the PediaVision SPOT screener and reading activity at a nearby HeadStart program that the South Jersey Eye Center serves through its partnership with the Center for Family Services. Books were donated by Scholastic to each child involved with the program.
“As a former schoolteacher, I know how critical it is for children to develop early-grade reading skills in order to build a foundation for a strong education,” Lion Madden said. “And as a Lion, I understand the importance of good vision and its relation to education. With initiatives such as the Reading Action Program and vision screenings for children, Lions across the globe are helping children learn and read better every day.”
The visitation concluded with a tour of the South Jersey Eye Center main office and Mobile Vision Clinic. Earlier in 2013, the Center was awarded a SightFirst grant of $151,500 from Lions Club International Foundation for new and replacement equipment and tools to expand the Center’s patient eye health education and outreach efforts.
PDG MaryAnn Ragone administers a vision screening using the PediaVision SPOT screener on a child. This state-of-the-art screener allows faster and more accurate results in 5-10 seconds.
Lion Linda Madden happily reads a book to preschool children at the Pine Street Head Start in Camden. Upon finishing, Scholastic surprised the class and gave each child his/her own copy of the book to take home.