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Letter to the Editor


Successful year for Clarkston Lions' Kidsight program



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December 26, 2012 - Dear Editor,

Clarkston Area Lions recently conducted two Project Kidsight screenings, our regularly scheduled second Saturday of the month at the Independence Township Library and the annual Rotary Shoes for Kids program.

We have had a very successful year at the library, with 66 children screened. We want to thank the Independence Township Library for so graciously providing the space for our monthly screenings and promoting the events; in particular we would like to recognize the library Director Julie Meredith. We are sending out the 2013 schedule information as we continue with our second Saturday screenings every month from 10 a.m. to noon.

The shoe distribution is our biggest event of the year with 116 screenings completed last Saturday. These included 51 preschoolers, 60 children ages 6 to 17 and 5 adults.

The screenings were offered to people who had never had their eyes checked. Of the total screened there were only 15 referrals, or 13 percent of the total which was lower than the average 20 percent so we were very happy about that.

Our thanks go to the Clarkston Rotary, as well as the Oakland Wood Baptist Church, for having us at their annual Shoes for Kids distribution which helps over 400 children in our community receive high quality shoes, boots, hats, scarves and mittens. In particular we want to recognize the tremendous efforts of Joel Delong. We are also proud of our working relationship with the Rotary wherein they help us with White Cane Sales and we help them with the Goodfellow Paper sales that occur every December the weekend before the Shoe Distributions.

We also want to thank the following volunteers for their help with the screenings, Mike Dengate, Marsha Mercier, Mike Mercier, Viola Morris, Bob Murdock, Liz Rheaume of Ortonville Lions, Kellie Shelton, Larry Truba, Dan Wung, and Rob Whitcomb.

Ron and Chris Savage

Project Kidsight Coordinators

Clarkston Area Lions Club

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