Soon 30,000 Chicago Public School students will begin learning about eye health in their classrooms thanks to Prevent Blindness America. The Star Pupils eye-health curriculum will be piloted on kindergartners, first and second graders throughout the district. The purpose of the program is to help students and parents begin to take vision and eye-health more seriously.
Each of the 1,000 Star Pupils kits includes four 10-minute lessons, which are not only easy for teachers to instruct, but for kids to comprehend. The 108 schools set to receive the eye-health curriculum kits have the highest rates of students who fail in-school vision screenings. Just as the program is rolling out Prevent Blindness America is already planning to provide Chicago Public Schools with an additional 1,000 Star Pupils kits at the end of the 2011-12 school year for third- through fifth-graders.
To donate to the Star Pupils children’s vision education initiative purchase a pair of Star Pupils-branded pair of Real Kids Shades with 100 percent ultraviolet (UV-A and UV-B) protection.
To read the entire article on the launch of the Star Pupils Curriculum visit Prevent Blindness America and the Chicago Tribune.