Crown Gives Back to the Communities in St. Louis, Missouri
Crown Vision Center is proud to be a sponsor of the Kids Vision for Life foundation. This is a way for Crown to renew its commitment to the community by providing children in multiple school districts with FREE vision screenings, FREE eye exams, and FREE eyeglasses through the Kids Vision 4 Life program. To make this possible, Crown Vision Center and KV4L have been working with the St. Louis Public School District to organize and schedule visits to over 50 St. Louis Public Schools per school year.
KV4L and Crown Vision Center have teamed with ARCHS, The Essilor Vision Foundation and the College of Optometry at The University of Missouri - St. Louis to improve the work flow of the program.
The Essilor Vision foundation is a public charity whose mission is to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences starting with children. The Essilor Vision Foundation will be providing Crown Vision Center with the eyeglass frames and lenses to make prescription eyeglasses for all children who fail their eye exam.
To make the exam process as simple as possible, the College of Optometry at The University of Missouri - St. Louis has offered to work in conjunction with KV4L by allowing the use of the mobile eye exam clinic. The mobile clinic is a 28-foot van converted into a portable eye clinic with two fully equipped exam lanes. The mobile clinic will make it possible to examine twice as many kids in one day.
We also benefit from our partnership with ARCHS, who brings important programming, financial management, evaluation, and marketing expertise to KV4L.
One of Crown’s core values is “family” and in this way the Crown Family is giving back to school children in economically distressed areas of St. Louis. Every year anywhere from 20 – 30 crown Vision Center employees volunteer their time to perform eye screenings, eye exams and distributing glasses to grades K-6 in the St. Louis Public School system. We are incredibly happy that so many of our employees take the time out of their busy schedules to support a truly life changing program. We are looking forward to making this an ongoing program, as well as, expand our services outside of St. Louis Public Schools.
|KV4L Statistics from 2009-2013
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|# of Children Referred for an Exam
|% of Children Referred for an Exam
|# of Exams Performed
|# of Children Prescribed Glasses
|% of Children Prescribed Glasses
Founded in 2002, KidSmart works to empower children in need to succeed in school by providing essential school supplies for them to learn. Through a free store for teachers, the basics such as crayons, loose leaf paper and scissors are available to economically disadvantaged youth.
KidSmart helps these children succeed in school by providing free school supplies through KidSmart’s Free Store. Donations help keep the shelves of KidSmart’s Free Store stocked with everything from crayons, markers and glue to business surplus items such as binders, envelopes and promotional items. Community volunteers stock the shelves, manage inventory and keep the free store running each shopping day.
KidSmart distributes the supplies to teachers who shop at KidSmart’s Free Store once a month. After shopping, teachers distribute the materials directly into the hands of kids in need. Schools where 70% or more of the children are on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program, a national poverty index, qualify to shop at KidSmart.
KidSmart and Crown Vision Center have partnered together since 2005. To support our partner, Crown participates in a community-wide back to school supply drive every year from August 1st to August 31st called Push for Pencils ran by KidSmart. In 2011, the value of supplies distributed to help kids succeed in school topped $3,600,000! KidSmart hopes this year’s drive will bring in enough supplies to help even more local kids in need succeed in school.
Crown also participates in KidSmarts annual Joe Buck Celebrity Bee. A Crown doctor teams up with a local St. Louis celebrity and a St. Louis school student to test their knowledge in math, geography, and science. Held at The Pageant in the University City Loop, the event includes auctions, raffle, dinner and drinks.
Proceeds from the “Back to School with Joe Buck Celebrity Bee” benefit KidSmart – Tools for Learning.