20,000 students in Richmond Public Schools (RPS) have benefited from a free program providing vision screenings, vision exams and glasses, celebrated today at an event featuring state and local leaders. The Richmond program, which began in October 2017, helped students in schools across RPS to ensure every student has the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, and participate in class.
An event on June 13th commemorated the entirety of the project, which combined the efforts of the city and school district staff with nonprofit providers Vision To Learn and Conexus. 24 students at Miles Jones Elementary School tried on their new glasses for the first time, an example of the thousands of students helped by the program. In all, over 20,000 students were provided vision screenings, over 3,000 with eye exams and over 2,200 with glasses – free of charge – without ever having to leave school.
Read the entire press release HERE.
The results are in on the first school to be fully serviced through Richmond Mobile, a collaborative effort between Conexus and California-based Vision To Learn. Services to this school not only confirmed the tremendous need for vision services in Richmond, but also demonstrated the value of this collaborative partnership!
Conexus programming identified 126 students in need of follow-up vision care (32% of enrolled students). Redd staff immediately went to work to encourage participation in the mobile clinic and were able to secure 104 (83%) returned parental permission slips! For two and a half days the Vision To Learn team delivered 104 onsite eye exams and prescribed 97 (93%) pair of glasses.
The success rate of this launch school has been overwhelming! Through the efficiencies and effectiveness of VisioCheck, more of the “right” students were identified for the services of the mobile clinic. The visiting Vision To Learn optometrist from Detroit said on the first day, “not only did we see 34 students, we prescribed 34 pairs of glasses - that NEVER happens!” One of Vision To Learn’s most difficult challenges in their service delivery across the country is getting the right kids to the clinic and that all starts with the screening — a process that is normally handled through the services of the host community. “The first thing I did when I got finished today was call my boss to tell him, ‘we need this!’”, said Dr. Megan, VTL optometrist.
Conexus purposefully and meticulously designed the VisioCheck program with some of the most common challenges of school based vision screenings in mind and watching VisioCheck operate so effectively in conjunction with a mobile clinic has been very rewarding. We are excited to be a part of such a dynamic partnership and one with such potential for growth and service!
On the evening of June 16th, Governor and Mrs. Jim Gilmore graciously opened their home to community leaders who were interested in learning more about how improving vision outcomes for our students will impact education. Patricia Cornwell joined the event as a special guest and shared her passionate comments about the work of Conexus and how Virginia’s students are at risk of falling behind in school due to the prevalence of undetected and untreated vision problems.
We are grateful for the support of so many and are excited to have the opportunity share our mission with those who are in a position to help Conexus expand its reach. These are exciting days for Conexus and we are eager to move forward.
The 2017 Conexus Golf Classic opened as one of the wettest in the event’s history, but thankfully concluded with sunshine, smiles, and another successful day, netting over $106,000 in support of the Conexus mission!
Hermitage Country Club was yet again an amazing host to the event. The recent renovations to the clubhouse entrance, tournament staging area and golf pro-shop were beautiful. The staff was flexible and accommodating with all the rain, and the new Golf Pro, Matt Evans, kept the day on track. How Hermitage staff respond to the needs of the day, whatever they may be, is always something Conexus can count on to insure the best possible experience for our guests.
After a morning of driving rain, the clouds seemed to part around 1:30 and it was smooth sailing from there on out! Congratulations to the winners of the Siegel Cup – ColonialWebb: Jason Forsyth, Kent Graham, Matt Mellert, Nathan Wethington.
In just one month, the June 5th Conexus Golf Classic sold out with 52 committed teams!! This is an all-time record for the tournament and is a direct reflection of the caliber of the tournament committee, the event venue, and the commitment of our community to improve vision outcomes for students.
The 26th Annual Golf Classic is Conexus’ largest fundraising event and is projected to net more than $100,000 in support of our technology based comprehensive children’s vision programs.
The 26th Annual Golf Classic kicked off today with the first meeting of the tournament planning committee. In a new tournament record, the kick off meeting began with 36 committed teams, leaving only 16 available slots before selling out!!!
The committee is now in full swing with hopes of closing out team sales before the end of the month.
On January 19th, Conexus delivered 20 pairs of glasses to students at Elizabeth Scott Elementary in Chesterfield County. Elizabeth Scott was one of 16 Title I Chesterfield County Elementary schools selected to participate in Conexus programming in conjunction with a study performed by VCU. Students at Elizabeth Scott Elementary had their vision screened through Conexus’ technology-based comprehensive children’s programming and those identified as needing follow-up vision care were invited to receive a free eye exam and glasses through the services of a mobile vision clinic right in their own school!
Through the generous support of our partners at VSP, students got to pick out their own frames from a wide selection including named brands like Nike, Nine West, and XGames and the prescriptions were sent off for lab services in FL. In just a few short weeks, the glasses were returned for dispensing at the school.
Click here to see some of the amazing footage from the day.
The staff at Virginia Eye Institute’s Watkins Center location enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast in celebration of their fundraising efforts in the holiday Gift of Light Campaign. Under the leadership of Michael Cuffee, the Watkins Center office more than tripled their efforts from 2015 and raised $1,583.93 in support of Conexus school-based programs, narrowly beating out the three-time winners from the Forest Location by just $7.26!!
Virginia Eye Institue CEO Brad Smith joined Conexus President and CEO Tim Gresham in congratulating the Watkins staff and helped Michael Cuffee recognize his top fundraising associate, Pam Combs, who raised a whopping $641.82 over the 4 weeks of the Campaign!!!
Congratulations to all of our Virginia Eye Institute locations for an amazing campaign that raised over $18,000 in support of improved school based vision programs for area students!!