Thanks to a donation from the Danville Host Lions Club, Conexus’ technology based comprehensive children’s vision program, VisioCheck, will be delivered to about 650 preschool and kindergarten students in Danville Public Schools and Head Start programs this week.
Click here for the WSET story: http://wset.com/news/local/pre-k-students-receive-vision-screenings-through-lions-club
Yesterday, Conexus was again featured on Richmond's Channel 8 Showcase, in a segment sponsored by Haley Buick GMC to highlight our mission and our Kids 20/20 Campaign.
We are grateful to Haley for their support of our mission and for their help in raising awareness of the importance of children's vision to their success in school.
Yesterday, a pre-recorded video of our Kids 20/20 Campaign Chairman, Tom Shockley, along with Haley Buick/GMC Manager, Barry Moore, ran on Richmond's WRIC TV Channel 8. Mr. Moore was introduced to Conexus' work and the campaign at the June 16 event at Governor and Mrs. Gilmore's home, where he became moved by our mission and pledged support through The Showcase.
The Showcase features a charity each week and is sponsored by Haley as a public service. In addition to the broadcast, Haley has posted the video on their Facebook page.
Another interview, featuring Tim Gresham, Conexus President and CEO, will air next weekend. We are grateful for the support of Mr. Shockley, Mr. Moore, and Haley Buick/GMC.
In mid-July Conexus was approached by a California-based non-profit, Vision to Learn (VTL), to discuss a possible collaborative effort. VTL has been delivering mobile vision clinics to high need school divisions across the country for the last five years and a large grant through the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative had recently provided them the opportunity to double their national footprint over the course of the next year. Richmond was identified as a community in need of mobile clinic services.
After nearly a month of discussions between the two organizations, potential funders, and Richmond Public Schools the organizations developed a mutually beneficial model of service delivery. Conexus will deliver its technology based comprehensive children’s vision program, VisioCheck, to more than 15,000 RPS students this school year year, and as students are identified as needing follow-up services, the VTL mobile clinic will move through the schools to deliver on-site eye exams and glasses.
This is an exciting opportunity for both Conexus and Vision to Learn and a wonderful ongoing resource for students in Richmond Public Schools. More to come!