For our first Eyeglass Project for S.Y. 2011-2012, ABC Foundation once again partnered with the Rotary Club of Makati District 3830 to give free prescription eyeglasses to students from the poorest of the poor.
With the help of the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED), the Rotary Club of Makati chose the students of La Huerta Elementary School of Parañaque City to be the beneficiaries of our first Eyeglass Project for the school year.
On August 10, ABC Foundation, along with Dr. Jeson Viñas and Ms. Anne Viñas visited La Huerta Elementary School in Parañaque to conduct eye check-ups among the elementary students. With the help of the administrators and teachers of La Huerta Elementary School and Mr. Paul Villegas of ACED, Dr. Viñas and Ms. Anne Viñas examined the eyes of students from 4th to 6th grades.
We returned to La Huerta Elementary School today, August 18, to distribute the prescription eyeglasses to 150 elementary students with poor eyesight. During the Eyeglass Distribution Program at La Huerta Elementary School, Dr. Jeson and Ms. Anne Viñas gave each of the 150 student recipients their prescription eyeglasses. Dr. Viñas also gave a short lecture for the students and parents on how to keep their eyes healthy by eating the right foods. He also instructed the students on the proper use and care of their eyeglasses and reminded them to wear their eyeglasses at all times and to not lend them to their siblings, classmates or parents.
Along with members of A Better Chance Foundation, members of the Rotary Club of Makati and Mr. Paul Villegas of ACED were also in attendance for the Eyeglass Distribution Program. Special guest speakers for the program were ABC Foundation Chairman, Mr. Lew Edwards, Rotary Club of Makati President, Mr. Rene Limjoco and La Huerta Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Bibiana Reyes.
The students of La Huerta Elementary School thanked us and the Rotary Club of Makati by making beautiful cardboard signs filled with messages of gratitude. The students also sang a group song and performed a traditional Filipino dance during the intermission.
We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Makati District 3830 for sponsoring 150 pairs of eyeglasses for the students of La Huerta Elementary School, and we would like to acknowledge the President of RC Makati, Mr. Rene Limjoco, Mr. Francis Macatulad, Mr. Ed Galvez, Mr. Pepito Bengson and other Rotarians who were present during the distribution program. Our thanks to Mr. Paul Villegas of the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) for coordinating the event and for his assistance throughout the project; to Dr. Jeson Viñas and to Ms. Anne Viñas for conducting the eye check-ups and providing the prescription eyeglasses; to the students and parents of La Huerta Elementary School for their cooperation and for the wonderful thank you cards; and of course to Mrs. Bibiana Reyes, Principal, and all the administrators, teachers and staff of La Huerta Elementary School for their cooperation, assistance and warm hospitality.