By: Julius Briel Panis
What is seen by the eye is transformed and colored by the vision of the mind.
– Robert Wade.
The Springboard Foundation, through A Better Chance Foundation, continue to bring better vision for children with poor eyesight by sponsoring an Eyeglass Project at Payatas B Annex Elementary School in Quezon City.
October 14 2015, Dr. Jeson Vinas, ABC Foundation volunteer optometrist, and his wife Ms. Anne Vinas, checked the eyes of students from grades 1 to 6 at Payatas B Annex Elementary School, including those in their Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program. Dr. Jeson and Ms. Anne were wholeheartedly assisted by students and personnel of the school.
On November 13, 2015, Friday, Payatas B Annex Elementary School personnel, headed by Principal Lilian Gundao, Ed.D, organized the distribution of 306 pairs of prescription eyeglasses for the students. The program started with a solemn doxology prayer from kindergarten students. The Philippine National Anthem was sung, and short speeches were delivered by Dr.Lilia Gundao, Ms. Gina Tuazon, Program Coordinator of Springboard Foundation, and Dr.Jeson Vinas, all emphasizing the importance of having good vision for education, and how to care for their eyes and eyeglasses.
Ms. Gina Tuazon and Dr. Jeson Vinas lead the distribution of eyeglasses. When the children received their brand new pair of prescription eyeglasses, happiness and excitement could be seen on their blissful faces. Many students gave their “Thank You’” cards to Springboard Foundation as a sign of their appreciation for the gifts that they received. The program was concluded by messages of gratitude from representative parents and students of the school.