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More than a thousand students within the Winnipeg School Division will benefit from a generous donation.

Essilor Canada has made an agreement with the Mobile Vision Care Clinic, partnered with the WSD, to provide a thousand pairs of glasses this year, with a retail value of about $150,000.

"The Mobile Vision Care Clinic has made a significant impact on this community and we are thrilled that we are able to help amplify their efforts,” said Tom Weissberger, National Director, Essilor Technologies.

The goal is to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences, and to provide underprivileged people the opportunity to live a better life through better sight.

Parents of some of the students within the division have eye glass coverage through an employment income assistance program, non insured health benefits for First Nations and Inuit or third-party insurance, about 45 percent have no coverage at all.

In the 2017/2018 school year, the Mobile Vision Care Clinic donated 740 pairs of eye glasses.

“By eliminating this barrier to learning, student data is showing gains in student literacy scores, attendance and engagement in school,” said Winnipeg School Division Chief Superintendent and CEO, Pauline Clarke.

The Mobile Vision Care Clinic is in WSD schools again this year. The cost of the eye examinations is billed directly to Manitoba Health, ensuring the testing is provided at zero cost to the school or the student.

During the pilot run in 2017/2018, 20 WSD schools participated and 4,161 comprehensive eye exams were performed. Forty percent of students tested required glasses and 1,662 pairs of prescription glasses were provided through insurance or donation.


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