Columbia, Mo. (July 7, 2014) – The Columbia Foundation awarded Saving Sight a grant of $2,500 to grow the KidSight vision screening program for children. Alfredo Mubarah, executive director of The Columbia Foundation, is a member of the Columbia 20/20 Lions club and presented the donation at the club’s annual fundraiser. Proceeds will help pilot a Healthy Vision Day educational program that will enhance vision screenings at approximately 45 Boone County childcare facilities this year.
“We thank The Columbia Foundation for its commitment to children’s eye health,” said Jason Noland, director of development for Saving Sight. “With this grant, we’ll be able to better serve and educate nearly 2,000 Boone County children and their families.”
KidSight will begin offering the Healthy Vision Day curriculum in Boone County. In addition to free vision screenings, participating childcare facilities will receive educational materials to teach their children about healthy vision. An online educational component will also be developed on Saving Sight’s website. The project will promote children’s eye health to children, parents, and teachers.
KidSight screens approximately 45,000 children in Missouri each year, including 2,000 in Boone County, free of charge. Using portable screening equipment, KidSight technicians and volunteers screen for the most common causes of childhood vision loss, including amblyopia (“lazy eye”). They visit childcare facilities, Head Starts, community events, and other child-friendly venues. When a child is identified as high-risk for vision loss, the technicians refer parents to take their children to eye doctors for full, dilated exams and treatment. As a result, more children have the healthy vision they need to succeed in school.
About Saving Sight
Saving Sight is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to change lives by saving sight. Founded in Columbia, Mo. in 1960, the organization introduced eye donation and the gift of sight to Missouri. Today, Saving Sight operates vision health programs that serve nearly 50,000 people worldwide each year, including the KidSight vision screening program for children. Saving Sight offices are located in Missouri, Kansas, and central Illinois.