Kids Vision for Life (KVFL) performed screenings on 200 students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District on November 5, 2014 as part of the first annual "Kids Vision Fest." Students who did not pass the screenings were given a free pair of eyeglasses. Many of the students received their glasses the same day, after they were made in the mobile lab on-site!
The 200 students selected for screenings were all given exams earlier in the school year. Students who do not pass the exams are referred for a screening.
ARCHS and its partners Essilor Vision Foundation, Inc., Crown Vision Center, and University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry (mobile van) provide free eye services to children in grades K-6 at Saint Louis Public Schools and other area schools.
Over the past four school years, Kids Vision for Life-St. Louis has:
- Served 160 schools (Title I served)
- Screened 29,299 students
- Examined 4,879 students
- Prescribed 3,550 eyeglasses
- 73% of examined students prescribed eyeglasses
Kids Vision for Life provides free eye screenings to students in K-8 at identified St. Louis area (Title 1) schools. Free eye examinations are provided to students who fail the screening, and students who fail the examinations are given a free pair of eyeglasses. Vision disorders are the most prevalent handicapping condition in U.S. children, particularly with special needs children.
Resources to support Kids Vision for Life are provided by ARCHS, Essilor Vision Foundation, Crown Vision Center, and University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry (mobile van).
Kids Vision for Life is not open to the general public. Interested school districts should contact ARCHS about program expansion.
Kids Vision for Life started serving four schools in the Jennings School District in January 2013, and began seeing students in the Normandy School District this month. Services in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will begin in March.
For this school year through December 2012, Kids Vision for Life screened 3,972 students, 925 were given exams, and 672 received new eye glasses in the Saint Louis and Riverview Gardens school districts.
Kids Vision for Life aims to provide free eye screenings to children in grades K-6, provide free eye examinations to students who fail the screenings, and provide free eye glasses to students who need them after completing the eye examination.
ARCHS partners with Essilor Vision Foundation, Crown Vision Center, HealthCare USA, and University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry (mobile van) to provide Kids Vision for Life services.
ARCHS is 2010 Health Advocacy Organization of the Year
Of The St. Louis American
“Despite being a world-renowned center of health care and medical research, many of our residents lack access to care,” Wendell E. Kimbrough, the chief executive officer for the Area Resources for Community and Human Services, said of St. Louis.
But more importantly, St. Louis-area residents lack resources to live healthy lifestyles. In response, ARCHS focuses on preventive healthcare through a network of more than 400 community partners.
In Greater St. Louis, ARCHS’ partnerships deliver $31.2 million in additional community services.
This year, ARCHS will receive the Health Advocacy Organization of the Year Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2010 Salute to Excellence in Health Care on Saturday, April 24 at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton.