Sometimes supporting keiki with the right tools to learn extends beyond providing laptops or books, and it involves something more basic – giving them the ability to see. Fifty-one students at Waimānalo Elementary School received a free pair of prescription glasses as a result of a partnership between Kamehameha Schools, Vision To Learn, Project Vision Hawaiʻi and other community funders.
Using mobile clinics to provide vision screenings at select schools, and eye exams and glasses to students who need them, Project Vision Hawaiʻi and Vision To Learn have already distributed 1,200 glasses to students in low-income areas across the state. As part of a coalition of funders, Kamehameha Schools’ support will help provide an additional 20,000 vision screenings, 3,000 eye exams and 2,400 pairs of glasses to haumāna in the coming year.
The collaboration leverages community resources to equip students to succeed and become future leaders of Hawaiʻi.