LAS VEGAS – Nevada State Bank recently donated $25,000 to Eye Care 4 Kids, a nonprofit group that provided free eyeglasses to more than 1,500 low-income Southern Nevada school children last school year.
Eye Care 4 Kids was founded in 2001 by pediatric optician Joseph Carbone to provide badly needed vision care services to low-income and underserved families in Utah. Eye Care 4 Kids entered into an agreement with the Clark County School District to come to Southern Nevada in 2012.
According to Eye Care 4 Kids, 56 percent of the 320,000 students in the Clark County School District qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches based on their families’ income. National estimates indicate that as many as one in three school-age children need some sort of vision care. So that means about 65,000 local school children may need glasses but likely cannot afford them.
“Providing something as simple as a pair of glasses can make a huge difference in a child’s life and especially in their education,” said Dallas Haun, president and CEO of Nevada State Bank. “The correlation between education and one’s future success has been clearly proven. We’re very proud to support the efforts of Dr. Carbone and the Eye Care 4 Kids organization.”
Every child seen by Eye Care 4 Kids has been pre-qualified by the school district as low-income. Students are referred by school nurses to one of its local clinics, where they have their vision checked by a licensed professional. They then return to receive their glasses, and often must come back for further care or for eyeglass repairs.
Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors like Nevada State Bank, all of these services are provided at no cost to the student’s family. Children with more extensive vision issues are referred to a local ophthalmologist who volunteers his services.
From July 2013 through June 2014, the nonprofit group conducted 4,000 appointments and gave out 1,500 pairs of free glasses to needy children.
If you know a child in Clark County who needs vision care and might qualify for services from Eye Care 4 Kids, contact the student’s school nurse for a referral to the program. (more) For further information about the group, or to donate, visit www.eyecare4kids.org.
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Nevada State Bank, with assets of more than $4.0 billion, is the largest state-chartered bank in Nevada. A full-service bank with 50 branches statewide, Nevada State Bank offers a complete range of consumer, private and business banking services. It is a subsidiary of Salt Lake City-based Zions Bancorporation (Nasdaq: ZION), one of the nation’s premier financial services companies. With affiliates in 10 Western and Southwestern states, 140-year-old Zions Bancorporation has assets of $56 billion. For more information on Nevada State Bank, call 702.383.0009 or access www.nsbank.com.