Louisville Metro Councilman David James (Dem., 6th Dist.) announced today that he is leading an effort to have children at Cochran Elementary fitted for eye glasses. “It is important that everyone support learning in our classrooms and sometimes that learning is hampered if children are visually impaired,” says James. “When I became aware some students at Cochran were in need of glasses but could not afford them, that’s when I began to find ways to help.”
James contacted Kosair Charities, along with Visually Impaired PreSchool Services (VIPS), the Louisville Downtown Lions Club, and Dr. Mark Lynn, O.D., owner of Dr. Bizer's Vision World.
Sharon Bensinger, President Louisville Downtown Lions Club, was quick to respond: "Our mission is ‘We Serve,’ and who better than the children in our community. The Louisville Downtown Lions Club is happy to be able to give these children the glasses they need."
Initial screening of Cochran students was done last week, and 43 students—ranging in age from 7 to 11 in second through fifth grade—were found eligible to be in this program.
On Wednesday, January 18th, those students will take a field trip to Dr. Bizer’s Vision World at 1001 Breckinridge Lane to be fitted for new glasses provided by the Lions Club. Councilman James will cover the cost of transportation from Cochran Elementary to Dr. Bizer’s, from his discretionary funds. Dr. Lynn will fund the cost of prescriptions for the children and the Louisville Downtown Lions Club will pay for the glasses.
“I want to thank all of the people and organizations that have partnered with me in this effort,” says James. “This is an important investment in the future of our children.”
For more information, contact Councilman James’ Office at 574-1106
Louisville.com's The Arena section features opinions from active participants in the city's politics. Their viewpoints are not those of Louisville.com (a website is an inanimate object and, as such, has no opinions).