Guidance counselor, local business give students the gift of clear vision
William Penn Guidance Counselor Lisa Albright is no rookie when it comes to meeting the needs of students. But even she was surprised at the number of students who jumped at the chance for free eye exams and glasses.
It started with a conversation between neighbors. Albright, the 9th grade guidance counselor at the high school, said she knew her neighbor worked for LensCrafters in the York Galleria.
And she knew the need of students at William Penn, where eye exams conducted by the high school’s nurse last year revealed many students with untreated vision problems. So she asked: What would it take to get free glasses for her students struggling to see clearly?
On Thursday, Oct. 11, Albright got her answer. Through an international initiative called World Sight Day, the local LensCrafters store gave eye exams to 20 students — many of whom had never visited an eye doctor.
One student, she said, could read only the “E” at the top of the chart. Another student’s exam revealed early signs of glaucoma.
Each student picked out a set of frames. One girl, when she tried them on, “I never saw her smile like that,” Albright said.
The glasses — with lenses customized to individual vision needs — will be delivered this week.
Albright was not surprised at the results of the eye exams. She’d asked teachers for suggestions of students in need, then secured parent permission for the trip to LensCrafters.
“There is a definite need, and the teachers recognize it,” Albright said. “I have a list now of 30 more kids.”
Albright said she and LensCrafters plan to continue working together to serve William Penn students.
Interested students and parents can contact Albright at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.