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ChildSight NJ Helps Student See More Clearly

By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
November 27, 2013

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ChildSight NJ provides free eye screenings and eyeglasses to kids in need.
ChildSight NJ provides free vision screenings and eyeglasses to kids in need. Photo: Backpack Productions

A program in New Jersey is helping students see success more clearly. 

The problem causing some students’ poor academic performance is simpler than you might think.

Kindal Beckley is the program manager for Child Sight New Jersey, a program that offers at-risk children free in-school vision screenings and eyeglasses. Beckley says poor eyesight is a problem that parents and teachers often overlook but that correcting it can make a huge difference in student performance.

“I can remember a student a few years ago, the teacher reported that the student initially did not want to sit in their chair; they would get up, they would disrupt the class. They had referred the student to the child study team thinking there was another issue. Once ChildSight came in and he received glasses, the student reported that he was more cooperative in class, he would sit down, he was able to pay attention and he would participate more.”

Beckley says students who receive the eyeglasses also get better grades and are more self-confident.

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