Oklahoma Masons have partnered with Prevent Blindness Oklahoma (PBO) to provide vision screenings for Cushing children.  Sunnyside School was first on the list for the screenings, but Mason volunteer Calvin Jones said there will be screenings at the other elementary schools as well.

Prevent Blindness Oklahoma’s cornerstone program is the Children’s Vision Screening.  In 2008 -2008 school year, the organization screened a whopping 246,395 children throughout the state of Oklahoma.  25,277 of those children were referred for further care.

Prevent Blindness Oklahoma strives to educate the public on the importance of eye screenings.  It applauds the state law requiring parents of children in kindergarten, first and third grades to provide certification that the child has passed a vision screening.

“If a child cannot see he cannot read, and if he cannot read he cannot learn, and if he cannot learn he cannot succeed,” says Becky Cunningham, Director of Programs.  “Many children will struggle needlessly when a simple vision screening could be the very solution.”

Prevent Blindness Oklahoma along with the Oklahoma Masons have provided services in all 77 counties and offered services to every school district in the state of Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma Masonic Charity Foundation has given over $2.4 million dollars during this partnership and has screened well over 1.2 million children! 

Prevent Blindness Oklahoma is a nonprofit agency dedicated exclusively to eye health and safety.  For more information, call Becky Cunningham with Prevent Blindness Oklahoma at (405)-848-7123.

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