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$1,000 School-Donation Contest Extended through 11/30!

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VSP Vision Care wants to give $1,000 to your child's school in the name of healthy vision! VSP will donate $1,000 to the school of your choice for the purchase of eye-healthy technology or educational materials.

To enter, go to, then leave a comment on this post with one thing you learned about eye health from the site -- PLUS the name of the school you'd like to receive the funds. We'll select one commenter at random on November 30th to win.

 Good luck!

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Sarah  November 27, 2010, 8:33 AM

I learned that 80% of what you learn is through your eyes!

If I win I’d like it to go to Harrison Elementary School in Roselle, NJ.

Kelly B. November 27, 2010, 4:18 PM

I too learned that 80% of what we learn is through our eyes. I’m the School Nurse for Azusa Unified School District, and just finished a Master’s Thesis in Nursing titled: ‘Inadequate Resources and Social Support after Vision Testing of Students’. My school district consists of 17 schools and over ten-thousand school children. Each year, I am state-mandated to test the vision of over 4,000 students in our school district and each year - over 500 students fail their vision assessment. If the children can’t see, they cannot learn. I’ve exhausted every avenue possible to obtain eye glasses for my students. Recently, I’ve partnered with a local optometrist to provide a vision assessment and a pair of eye glasses at a reduced rate. I have also written a grant which I would be happy to share with you.

carma November 28, 2010, 10:50 AM

I learned an eye dr. can see signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol by looking at the blood vessels in your eyes.

If I win I would like the money to be donated to the Community School of Davidson

Necta Nelson November 28, 2010, 11:26 AM

this is so great so many kids dont get that opprotunity.. i elect p.s.1 in sunset park is my choice.

dora sumner November 28, 2010, 11:28 AM

the eyes being checked yearly can help diagnos diseases earlier. Arnold Mill Elementary in Woodstock, GA

Guek Kiel November 28, 2010, 12:29 PM

I did not know until recently that doctors could detect diabetes, etc., by looking at the blood vessels in ones’ eyes

My school is L.A. Baptist, North Hollywood, CA.

sherry riffle November 28, 2010, 3:07 PM

Eye exam started early can help prevent major problems later in life.

C. G. Flores November 28, 2010, 3:32 PM

As we become older, it is important to get your eyes examined. especially if diabetes and high blood pressure run in a family. Our Lady of Loretto Elementary School, located on Union Avenue in Los Angeles, surely would benefit the help.

Kate Livingston November 28, 2010, 3:48 PM

An optometrist can see symptoms of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other diseases just by doing a thorough eye exam. The younger vision is checked the better. Sunrise Elementary School in Chaparral, NM desperately needs to support our children with eye health issues in this very poor area. These kids need and deserve all the help they can get.

Carolyn Reisinger November 28, 2010, 3:51 PM

I learned that doctors can learn a lot about the individuals health through their eye exam.

Curtis Dush November 28, 2010, 4:24 PM

I have never seen a web site with so much information. They even had a contest, the “eye spy” contest with pretty amazing prizes!
Willow Brook Elementary/ Oak Ridge, TN

Angela H November 28, 2010, 5:32 PM

I never realized the key to looking good in your glasses is to buy frames that contrast with the shape of your face. I hope this entry gets selected because McGarity Elementary school in Hiram, GA would put the funds to great use as this school is a frequent contributor to needy families and more!

Sharon geer November 28, 2010, 5:56 PM

I learned that from reg. exams doctors can tell high blood pressure and diabetes. Some school disticts have lost funding because of economic conditions of where they live so families can’t afford higher taxes for their schools. Then in turn their children suffer with not enough medical treatment…no vision treatment. Trotwood Madison Dayton Ohio

mrs cheryl e martinez November 29, 2010, 8:07 AM

VSP VIsion Care site was fun and iteractive. Enjoyed clicking on the dog and entering the send a wink thru
facebook - for every wink VSP Vision Care donates to Seeing eye dogs. The average family can save up to $231. a year by enrolling. Doesn’t cost anything to go to the site and check it out. I also learned that an annual vision test your eye Doc can spot many health problems that might go unnoticed,
including diabetes, high blood pressure and more. Get your eyes checked. And have fun checking out the interactive VSP Vision Care site. Leave a comment to enter to win too! Good luck.

mrs cheryl e martinez November 29, 2010, 8:11 AM

VSP vision Care is a fun interactive site. Go check it out. I did. I learned that by going to your eye Doc
the Eye Doc may spot some health problems. Such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. And the average family could save up to $231.00 by signing up
for the VSP Vision Care plan. Doesn’t cost anything to go to the site and check it out.
And you may win $1000. for your school -Ex. our choice - ST JUDES Elementary
1st Ave Sw & Edgewood Rd NW -Cedar Rapids Iowa 52405
(forgot to leave school name -redone)

Cindy Clayton November 29, 2010, 8:27 AM

I didn’t know that the doctor could see signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol by looking at the blood vessels in our eyes.

Cindy Clayton November 29, 2010, 8:31 AM

I didn’t know that the doctor could see signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol by looking at the blood vessels in your eyes.

I’d like the funds to go to my daughter’s HS for lab supplies - The School of Biotechnology @ Olympic Community of Schools, Charlotte, NC.

Dana Day November 29, 2010, 8:41 AM

A child should have their first eye exam at 6 months old. I did not know this before. Jensen Elementary school in Urbandale,Iowa

Colleen November 29, 2010, 9:21 AM

I learned that an eye doctor can find clues to other health problems such as high cholesterol through an eye exam

Giuseppina November 29, 2010, 11:53 AM

I didn’t know that you could detect by checking blood vessels in your eyes diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol and it’s not painful so I’m considering VSP to find out more. My son’s school is Immaculate Conception in Bloomfield in Pittsburgh, PA

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