When my wife and I noticed our daughter, Nee’s, struggling to read her books, we knew something was wrong. Nee has always been a strong reader and we figured that the issue was deeper than mere academics. We immediately scheduled an appointment with an optometrist to have Nee’s eyes examined. The doctor confirmed that Nee had a vision problem and prescribed a pair of glasses that would help Nee fully enjoy her beloved books.
Many children struggle in school, not because they are poor students, but because they have poor vision that hasn’t been identified and corrected. In order for children to reach their academic potential, they need to be able to see well. An astonishing one in four children have an undetected vision problem. Something as simple as an eye exam can make the difference in a child’s academic life.
Fortunately, my wife and I had the resources to get our daughter’s vision corrected. However, many people lack the funds to get regular eye exams for their children. That is why I’ve agreed to partner with VSP Vision Care, Transitions Optical, and Bess the Book Bus to hold a friendly “Eyecare About Reading” Book Drive competition to provide books, free eye exams and glasses to children and families in need.
For every 3 books donated, VSP will donate 1 free eye exam and up to 5,500 eye exams for the overall campaign (a value of more than $2,000,000). The blogger who collects the most books will receive an additional 100 free eye exams and glasses for underprivileged children. In addition, the winner will also receive a visit from Bess the Book Bus. The books I collect and the eye exams will benefit children involved in my local Head Start programs.
If you’d like to support this effort, here are a few ways you can help:
- Donate new books, gently used books, or gift cards (Barnes & Noble, Half-Price Books) to my book drive. You can drop off books at 601 Jefferson, Houston, TX 77002 on the Concourse level near Frost Bank. I can also pick-up items or send you a mailing address. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- Go to the book drive tab on the VSP Vision Care Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vspvisioncare and make an online pledge.
- If you have the means to afford an eye exam for your child, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
- Volunteer to read books at your child’s school or other places in your community.
- If you live in Atlanta or Oklahoma City, support the other bloggers in the competition: JaMonkey and The Mom Diggity.
The “Eyecare About Reading” Book Drive Competition will begin on July 17, 2012 and end on August 22, 2012. Thank you in advance for doing your part to improve children’s literary and eye health.
Disclosure: I have received compensation and/or merchandise in return for writing this post. All opinions are my own.