|Published:||Sep 09, 2013 3:02 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 09, 2013 5:47 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - "I'm nearsighted, so it's pretty hard to see," said Blaizdy Duprat, a freshman at Lely High School.
This RV will hit the Collier County streets and visit with hundreds of students. Inside is an eye doctor who makes sure they can see clearly.
"If kids can't see they can learn."
Duprat is getting glasses, thanks to a donation from the Naples Children and Education Foundation and Florida's Vision Quest.
"NCEF has said you know what, we want to make sure that every child in Collier County can see clearly, especially at the high school level. You can't take an FCAT test without being able to see the chalkboard and without being able to read the test," said Nancy Jeppesen.
Jeppesen, the Founder and CEO of Florida's Vision Quest said high school students are often neglected when it comes to their eyes. She adds in Collier County, children are only screened for vision problems in kindergarten, first grade, third grade, and sixth grade.
"No one is identifying them and we're sending these kids out into the workforce and they can't see the chalkboard," said Jeppesen.
This program not only screens their eyes, but if they need glasses, they'll get two pairs for free. One pair will stay at school. Duprat said it would have been impossible for his family to buy him glasses.
"Pretty hard for her because I have like 8 brothers and one sister, it's pretty hard."
Over the next few months they will visit 24 Title One schools in Collier County. The RV will stay at Lely High School the rest of the week. Students will get their new glasses next week. The mobile vision program plans to assess 20,000 children a year.