The Learning Alliance partners with the Education Foundation

Vero Beach, FL (PressExposure) September 16, 2011 -- "Vision for Reading" addresses a critical problem in our schools. Experts estimate that vision problems are prevalent in 25% of all school children in the United States. Most of us assume schools are addressing the vision problems of children by performing vision screenings.

However, traditional screening methods fail to identify 60-90% of vision problems in young children. Research has shown that, of children in the 7 to 15 years old age group, only 10% of the children who needed glasses actually had them. The National Parent Teacher Association estimates that more that 10 million children in this country suffer from vision problems that may contribute to poor academic performance. The Learning Alliance and the Education Foundation realized that many children who struggled with reading were unable to properly see.

Barbara Hammond, Executive Director of The Learning Alliance remarks; "You have to be able to see the page to read the page. This program will ensure our children can see the page, and can take advantage of our literacy programs."

The Education Foundation and The Learning Alliance have worked together to bring a Florida Vision Quest (FVQ) mobile eye examination bus to 8 elementary schools participating in TLA literacy programs. Students will be screened with a PediaVision screener, a state-of-the-art, hand-held device that can determine a child's refractive error in ¾ second. For those who fail, qualified students will be provided comprehensive vision exams on the FVQ mobile unit free of charge. Each child will choose from a wide range of trendy new frames that will be pre-adjusted during the visit. The eyeglasses will be manufactured and sent back to school for dispensing within one week.

The screenings are made possible through the generosity of the John's Island Foundation, whose $25,000 grant enabled the Education Foundation to purchase the PediaVision screeners.

Adrian Smith, President of the Education Foundation of Indian River County said, " This partnership will enable the School District to make improvements to one of the root causes of our education challenges today - enabling children to read and then study. We thank the John's Island Foundation for facilitating our purchase of the screeners and would like to discuss with any individuals or other organizations who would like to help us extend this program to more schools".

The screenings will take place on the following dates:

September 19th- Fellsmere Elementary School
September 20th- Liberty Magnet
September21st- Dodgertown Elementary
September 22nd-Beachland Elementary
September 26th-Vero Beach Elementary
September 27th- Citrus Elementary
September 28th-Glendale Elementary
September29th-Highlands Elementary

The Learning Alliance is dedicated to dramatically improving student literacy in Indian River County, Florida. Through innovative, evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning, we empower teachers to transform children's lives. Through partnerships with the School District of Indian River County, Indian River State College, and civic youth organizations in our community, we hope to create local solutions that can serve as a model for the nation. All programs of The Learning Alliance are made possible through the generosity of our Founders, including Ray & Jean Oglethorpe, Don & Patsy Riefler, Barbara Becker Hurley, King and Dace Stubbs, and Whitney & Betty MacMillan. To learn more about The Learning Alliance please visit

The Education Foundation of Indian River County's mission is to enrich and enhance educational opportunities for all students and teachers, both public and private, through effective fundraising and the efficient allocation of resources. To learn more about the Education Foundation visit:, call: 772-564-0034 or email:

About The Learning Alliance

The Learning Alliance is a grass roots non-profit organization whose mission is to dramatically improve student literacy skills in Indian River County and transform teacher and community capabilities. The current focus for The Learning Alliance is improving K-5 literacy programs which will have the most transformational impact on the National Research and Studies that indicate that 68% of students are not proficient in reading. The Learning Alliance has spent the past three years investing in and working with nationally recognized literacy and learning experts. Additionally, they have a collaborative partnership with the Indian River County School District that analyze needs and implement solutions throughout the year. Through local philanthropic funding and support, The Learning Alliance has been successful in bringing best practice curricula to Indian River County and develops a customized teacher training process that meets and adapts to the needs of Indian River County teachers.

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Press Release Submitted On: September 16, 2011 at 10:32 am
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