The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club and Scott County School District 2 hosted a pilot vision screening project in partnership with Kiwanis International and the OneSight Foundation at Scottsburg High School for tenth graders. Bill Jerrow, Kiwanis International Strategic Alliance Executive; Lisa Jarboe, OneSight Foundation Director; Heather Crites, SCSD2 District Health Coordinator; and Kiwanians Doris Marcum, Al Riggle, Darryl Smith, Terry Davis and Jack McWhirter participated in the vision screening project.
Doris Marcum completed the Prevent Blindness online training program and was certified as our Coordinator. Kiwanis International is working with the OneSight Foundation on the feasibility of creating vision screening kits for Kiwanis Clubs. If feasible, OneSight would provide lenses and frames onsite to accommodate most correction needs. For students needing more advanced corrective lenses, vouchers would be provided to access local optometrists and glasses. Indiana State law requires vision screening for certain grades. This pilot project selected a grade not included in the mandatory screening.
One hundred sixty-six students were screened in grade 10 from 9:15am – 12:00pm. The screening identified nineteen students that need a referral to more extensive eye examinations that may need corrective eye glasses. Heather Crites noted that “without the screening today, these 19 students would have gone unchecked until either they complained about vision or someone happened to notice they could not see properly. So a big THANK YOU to Kiwanis for volunteering to help us address this need in our schools. I appreciate it so much and look forward to doing this again!!”
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club will work with Kiwanis International on the results of the pilot project and look forward to the way ahead for this program to benefit our kids. We thank Kiwanis International and OneSight Foundation for participating and allowing us to conduct this pilot. A special thanks to Doris Marcum for all her hard work going through the certification process. We look forward to the possibility of working with both school districts as this program gets off the ground.
Photo 1: One of the vision screening machines owned by SCSD2 used in the vision screening project.
Photo 2: The vision screening station set up with machine and wipes to clean the machine after each use. There were three stations set up for this project.
Photo 3: Doris Marcum screening one of the students from SHS tenth grade.
Photo 4: The old computer room in the library was used for the screening. Three stations were set up with three waiting areas for each station. Students were signed in at the door before entering the screening room.
Photo 5: Students being screened and waiting their turn.
Photo 6: Student in the process of screening.
Photo 7: Doris Marcum in the foreground screening a student and Darryl Smith in the background screening a student.
Photo 8: Doris Marcum screening a student.
Photo 9: Darryl Smith screening a student.
Photo 10: Terry Davis screening a student.
Photo 11: Terry Davis filling out the paperwork during a screening.
Photo 12: Doris Marcum screening a student.
Photo 13: Waiting for students to arrive.