By the end of August we've sent an email to all school nurses, public health nurses, and other contacts in our files from previous years, suggesting that it was time to get on our schedule. Some will respond right away and others will trickle in throughout the school year. In the end, we generally screen about 1,000 children and adults each year.
This is what we've done so far this year:
Back to School Fair: screened 18; referred 2
Early Learning Fair: screened 60; referred 11
Raven Homeschooling: screened 17; referred 5
Auke Bay Co-op Preschool: screened 15; referred 5
On the horizon:
- Our old vision screener is visiting Hoonah for a few days getting the children there screened.
- Alaska Health Fair
- HCCM (Health Care Cost Management Corporation of Alaska)
Offering free vision screening is one of the most gratifying community service projects we have. We are encouraged to be working with the school district to get into ALL the elementary schools in town and even screen more than pre-school children.