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Mayor de Blasio Announces Free Eyeglasses for All Kindergarteners 1st Graders

10 Jan 2019 1:49 PM

New York – Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced that every kindergartener or first grader in New York City will receive free eyeglasses if they need it, in his annual State of the City address.
The mayor said that an existing program some so-called “community schools” across the city will be expanded to everyone. It in not known at this point of private schools such as yeshivas are included in this.
The service is provided in partnership with spectacle maker Warby Parker, which will give the eyeglasses itself, and private fundraising to cover a third of the $6 million cost. Taxpayers pick up the rest of the slack.
In 2018, about 26,000 glasses were distributed through the initiative. Officials anticipate the expansion will involve 140,000 vision screenings and 33,000 new pairs of eyeglasses, according to Chalkbeat, a news site that covers education.
“Being able to read the board and materials provided in the classroom can make all the difference for students as they learn to read and write,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Too often students have vision impairments that go untreated and undiagnosed.”

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