The Glazer Family Foundation remained active in the community this week, visiting three more schools to help improve the eyesight of Bay area students.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Glazer Family Foundation's Vision Program traveled to Woodlawn and Melrose Elementary Schools in Pinellas County, continuing the program's efforts by administering comprehensive eye exams to students in need. Since the launch of the vision program, thousands of local students have been provided this much-needed service, which not only detects but helps correct serious vision problems in those who might not otherwise be able to afford such care.
Along with having their eyes examined, students at each school enjoyed a Buccaneer-themed interactive experience. Students had the chance to try on official Buccaneers football equipment and uniforms, learn cheers from a Buccaneers Cheerleader and participate in a series of youth football drills coached by Buccaneers staff.
While students participated in the activities, Woodlawn Registered Nurse Dee Rodney explained the impact of the Vision Program and its educational process.
"The kids don't understand the magnitude," said Rodney. "What's nice is the doctor that's examining them today is helping them understand how this can change their future. Learning in general about the potential of what their future is might put them on a different career path because they can now see."
On Thursday, Buccaneers tight end Drake Dunsmore and Buccaneers Cheerleader Kasey shared that message at B.T. Washington Elementary School in Tampa on the final step of the Foundation's Vision program for that school – the presentation of new prescription glasses – given this day to nearly 50 students.
"Having glasses enriches your life as a young person, and it's great for these kids to get that opportunity," said Dunsmore. "Having glasses makes it so much easier to read, write, do little things around the house and also play sports. The kids get to meet a Bucs cheerleader and player. It's fun to see the kids get a new pair of glasses and see the smiles on their faces."
The school visits by the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Program will continue throughout the spring. For more updates, and to learn about other Glazer Family Foundation initiatives, click here.