To address the needs of economically challenged children in Greater Cleveland, HKI established ChildSight® Ohio in 1999. The program serves low-income middle, high school, and alternative learning students in the greater Cleveland community.

In the 2011-2012 academic year, ChildSight® Ohio provided free, on-site vision screenings for 15,284 students, and provided 3,287 of those students with the free prescription eyeglasses they needed. Of the teachers surveyed this year, 81% reported observing a positive influence on academic performance, classroom participation, and classroom behavior among students who received eyeglasses from ChildSight®.

Thanks to the support of our generous Ohio funders, the program has expanded its services to include local GED and degree completion programs, as well as schools in the Inner-Ring suburbs. This includes providing services to students in the Warrensville Heights and Bedford City school districts in the 2012-2013 academic year.

The following comments highlight ChildSight®’s impact in Cleveland:

“We had a student who had very poor vision and in turn very poor behavior, who showed a marked improvement in behavior and participation. This program serves an essential service to our student population that they might not otherwise have access to”.
-- 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Heritage Middle School, East Cleveland

“The glasses helped some of my students by allowing them to focus more on the assignment, rather than trying to move to another seat or asking for assistance because they couldn't see. They felt more like the other students and not an outsider because of their vision.”
-- 7th and 8th grade Computer Teacher, Heritage Middle School, East Cleveland

“One student has become a good group leader, concerned about her grades and the performance of her peers”.
- Ms. Lynch, Science, 9th grade at New Tech West @ Max Hayes, CMSD

“A large part of our reading program is AR (accelerated reading). One student did little independent reading during this time, UNTIL she received glasses. Currently she reads daily and enjoys this time!”
-- 5th grade Reading and Social Studies Teacher, CMSD 

Please click here for a detailed description (PDF) of the Ohio program.