DOWNERS GROVE – District 58’s school nurses now can screen students for potential vision issues more quickly and easily thanks to the Downers Grove Lions Club, which recently donated $2,500 to help cover the cost of two Optic 5000 Vision Screeners, according to a press release from District 58.
Last year, two of District 58’s school nurses, Susan Donahue and Ann Brinkman, spoke with the Lions Club about the screenings that take place in District 58 and showed club members the machines that are used.
At that time, District 58 had six machines that were shared among its 13 schools, which meant precious time was wasted as the machines were transported from one building to another and then had to be powered up and often re-calibrated before they could be used for screenings.
Club member Angie Kleinfelder, a former teacher, was immediately struck by the memory of the single vision screening machine that had been shared among all of the schools in the district where she worked.
“The Lions Club was looking for additional ways to support and partner with the Downers Grove community, and this sounded like a perfect project for the club to take on to benefit the schools,” she said.
The club donated the money in late March, and the two new machines were delivered not long after. One of the new machines will stay at Herrick Middle School, and the other at O’Neill Middle School.