New York

Our largest program, ChildSight® New York serves public middle and high schools as well as several parochial middle schools in New York City.  In the 2013-2014 academic year, the New York program screened a total of 32,245 students and delivered 7,832 pairs of eyeglasses, free of charge, to students with limited access to vision health services across the five boroughs of New York City.

To date, ChildSight® New York has screened 657,488 students and provided 86,932 pairs of free prescription eyeglasses to students in need since the program's inception in 1994.

The positive effects of the new eyeglasses provided by ChildSight® New York is most often heard in the words of the children who benefit from ChildSight® and their teachers:

“The glasses have changed my life.”
- Student, Immaculate Concepcion School, Bronx 

“Thank you for getting me these glasses. They changed my eyesight so much.”
- Student, 11 years old, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Brooklyn

“My glasses helped me see the blackboard better to copy information.”
- Student, 11 years old, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Queens

“I'm happy to have a chance to see things that I wasn't able to see.”
- Student, William A. Morris Middle School IS 61, Staten Island

“I think ChildSight® benefits my group of students because many wouldn’t have been able to afford a pair of glasses.”
- Ms. Parrila-Podilla, IS 98, Bronx

“I have noticed a least one student who not only improved academically (specifically in reading) but also has gained confidence because other students have complimented his looks with his new ChildSight® glasses.”
- Ms. Rasole, PS 95, Brooklyn

“One young girl could not afford new glasses and [ChildSight®] saw to it that she had a new pair.”
- Ms. Mallay, Our Lady of Snows Catholic School, Queens

 “[One student] often checked out in class prior to receiving her glasses. She is shy so she was not as vocal about needing to sit closer to the board. Now she participates and is more confident in class.”
- Ms. Goodwin, New Heights Academy Charter School, Manhattan

 “I think this is a wonderful program helping those students who otherwise would not be able to focus and be an active member of class.”
- Ms. Spirto, IS 61, Staten Island

For more information about ChildSight® New York, contact childsight@hki.org