Conexus is honored to receive a $25,000 grant award from the Jenkins Foundation in support of the overall goals of the Kids 20/20 Campaign. The contribution will be used to further elevate children’s vision as a health priority as it pertains to educational success and support the science and infrastructure to transform pilot programming into a model for statewide service. Conexus is pleased to add the Jenkins Foundation to the growing list of supporters who are investing in education by responding to the call to help remove poor vision as a barrier to classroom success.
Conexus staff, Board Chair, Roxane Gilmore, and community partner, Jay Swedenborg, CIS Chesterfield welcomed the IMPACT 100 Richmond Education Committee to share information on a pending project for select schools in Chesterfield and Henrico. Impact 100 Richmond is a grassroots donor education and grant-making initiative, dedicated to uniting women through philanthropy and collective giving. They administer a competitive grant process with a mission to improve the lives of women and their families by transforming local nonprofits through significant, collective financial investments. Conexus is grateful for the work of IMPACT 100 in our community and are excited to be a part of their process.
Conexus was honored to be among a long list of community partners to one of Virginia’s largest school divisions in the Commonwealth. Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) was a key partner in Conexus recent study with VCU and is currently working to bring Conexus programs into select schools in the division for the 2018/2019 school year. We are proud to be a part of CCPS success for their students.
Our collaborative partnership with Friends of Barnabas is making a difference in remote mountain villages of Honduras. El Chaguiton, is one of the first communities to be serviced by a Friends of Barnabas medical team utilizing parts of the Conexus screening protocols. Together we're are working to improve the lives of children by removing poor vision as a barrier to learning success!
James River Exteriors will participate in the 27th Annual Golf Classic as the Beverage Cart Sponsor for both the Manakin and Sabot Courses and will field a team in the event! Our sponsors help to make the Conexus Golf Classic one of the top rated fundraising golf events in the Richmond Area! Thanks so much to James River Exteriors for their ongoing support of Conexus programs and the 2018 tournament!
,“This program cannot be measured in words. However, if I could, I would say that it is SIMPLY MARVELOUS!!!!!!! Thank you for supporting and believing in our babies.” ~ Redd Elementary School Teacher
80% of teachers report they are seeing improved academic performance in their students
who have received glasses.
60% of teachers are reporting their students who received glasses are showing an overall
increased interest in school.
Maryland Delegate Valentino-Smith took time to confer with Conexus regarding pending Maryland legislation aimed at better tracking parental response to vision referrals stemming from school based screenings. Conexus shared the value and importance of comprehensive vision programs for schools and advised of the recent updates to § 22.1-273 of the Code of Virginia to include language referencing comprehensive vision programming. Delegate Valentino-Smith was interested to learn of Conexus’ work in Virginia and how our VisioCheck program would complement the efforts of her Bill. We will talk again in late summer to explore the potential of pilot programming in Maryland.
The Virginia Eye Institute will, for the 3rd year, sponsor the Mankin Course at the June 4th Golf Classic. The event is expected to be another early sell out, hosting more than 208 golfers on the 2 courses at Hermitage Country Club. Thank you, Virginia Eye Institute, for your ongoing support and participation in the Golf Classic!