Keeping Kids Safe – and Successful!

There’s been a lot in the news lately about keeping kids safe and how to protect children in schools. I don’t have all the answers but I know one thing for sure: Kids that feel good about themselves are far less likely to hurt themselves or others.

Sounds great, but how do we help kids feel good about themselves?

It’s a lot easier than you might think. From Reading Rockets, a national literacy initiative that offers resources on how young kids learn: “The effects of falling behind in reading and feeling like a failure can take a large toll on kids. Children can lose all desire to learn to read or go to school. Some begin to act out in class or set low expectations for themselves.”

This is exactly why it’s critical that all kids in Oregon – and everywhere for that matter – have their vision screened at a young age. In addition to catching serious vision health issues like amblyopia (lazy eye) we can also identify children like Avery, now a 2nd grader at Kinnaman Elementary in Aloha. According to Avery’s Mom, Sarah: “I never suspected an issue. He can’t see close up, he’s farsighted.”

After his farsightedness (hyperobia) was detected by OLSHF’s SPOT vision screening device, Sarah took Avery in for an eye exam. “I told his optometrist that he was screened at school and he commented about how great that was and important for academics to be able to see. He said boys are especially affected as it leads to behavior issues if they are failing academically.”

Bingo.

Sarah tells us that Avery LOVES to read and is “excelling in math at school”. My guess is that Avery – and other kids like him that are able to read at grade level at a young age – are on track for success in school and in life because they have the critical tools needed to be successful.

So let’s work together to ensure that the resources are in place for every child to be successful – and to be safe – in school.

Would you like to help kids like Avery see better and read at grade level? Contact Doug at Dougt@olshf.org for way to get involved to help Oregon kids be successful – and safe – in school.

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