Published on July 18th, 2012 | by Shellie Ward0
Atlanta Book Drive: Vision and Literacy
My fellow bloggy friend, Megan Cooper of JaMonkey.com, is leading a book drive in Atlanta. There are 2 other cities competing, but Atlanta will lead so GAME ON!!
For every 3 books received, 1 eye exam will be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This is a cause I can certainly identify with because I didn’t have my first eye exam until the 7th grade, and low and behold I needed glasses. I remember having to teach myself algebra at home because I didn’t understand it in class. Hindsight 20/20 (no pun intended), I just couldn’t see what was happening on the chalkboard and would mentally shut down in class.
Check out these statistics, then buy a book or 2 and take it to one of the donation centers below! The book drive starts July 17-Aug 22. . Book will be split up between Children’s and Bess the book bus. BOOKS MUST BE NEW (DUE TO HEALTH RISK TO CHILDREN’S PATIENTS)
Eye Health & Reading:
80% of what we learn is through our eyes and an astonishing one in four children have an undetected vision problem.
Approximately 20% of school-aged children struggle to read. A large portion of these children have vision problems that interfere with their ability to read.
10% percent of school-aged children have eye teaming problems, which causes visual strain and words to appear blurred or scrambled.
While it’s recommended that children get an annual eye exam every year once they start kindergarten, it has been reported that more than 76% of American children under the age of five have never received a comprehensive eye exam.
How the Book Drive works:
For every three books donated in the competition (either through the bloggers or online), VSP will donate one free eye exam (and, if needed, glasses fitted with Transitions lenses) to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for children without access to these services. VSP will provide up to 5,500 free eye exams in total for the campaign, a value of more than $2,000,000.
If Atlanta collects the most books Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will receive an additional 100 free eye exams (and glasses with Transitions lenses), as well as a special visit from Bess the Book Bus.
“Increasing access to quality eyecare is a priority for VSP,” said Connie Vavricek, director of industry outreach at VSP Vision Care. “To partner with organizations such as Transitions Optical and Bess the Book Bus, who share our passion to give back, increases the collective reach to make a positive impact on the life of a child.”
How to participate:
The book drive will be from July 17-August 22.
Metro Atlanta residents will be able to donate their new (for the safety of patients) books at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Urgent Care Centers listed below. Hours of operation for the centers is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9a.m. to 9p.m. on weekends.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Urgent Care Centers
Children’s at Mount Zion (through Friday 27th and Hudson Bridge location opens August 1)
Attn: Lisa Gaither
2201 Mount Zion Pkwy
Morrow, GA 30260-3312
Children’s at North Point
Attn: Rose Weber
3795 Mansell Road
Alpharetta, GA 30022-8247
Children’s at Satellite Boulevard
Attn: Katina Artis
2660 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30096-5803
Children’s at Town Center
Attn: Dana Hunter Tatum
2985 George Busbee Parkway
Kennesaw, GA 30144-6812
Children’s at Forsyth
Attn: Roshonda Gideon
410 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041-7407
If you live outside of these areas, visit on click here or go to www.Facebook.com/VSPVisionCare, select the Book Drive Tab and make a “promise” to protect your eyes. For every promise received, Transitions Optical will donate one free book to Bess the Book Bus.
About VSP Global
VSP Global® includes VSP Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States with 57 million members; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically-advanced eyewear and sunwear; Eyefinity® which offers innovative solutions and the premier management software and technology to improve overall practice management and patient experience; VSP Optics Group, industry leaders in new technologies, production processes, service and logistics.
About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world.
Visit www.choa.org for more information.
About Meghan Cooper
Meghan is the creator of Atlanta Moms on the Move, a free resource for parents looking for fun things to do with their kids around metro Atlanta as well as Family travel. She writes a parenting blog at JaMonkey.com and is a contributing writer to Fox 5 Atlanta’s My Atlanta Moms. Find out more about Meghan Cooper are www.megcooper.com
About Bess the Book Bus
Founded solely by Frances in 2004, Bess the Book Bus began visiting schools, shelters and after-school programs in the Tampa area to distribute children’s books and host readings for underprivileged children. Since then, Frances’ efforts have expanded, servicing more than 200 children and adults in need each week to promote literacy. Frances gives more than 50,000 new books each year to schools, community centers and shelters, with 2011 being the record year, distributing nearly 100,000 books. Her program continues to grow as Frances prepares for her third multi-city tour across the country. For more information about the program, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.bessthebookbus.org”www.bessthebookbus.org.
About Transitions Optical, Inc.
Transitions Optical is a joint venture of PPG Industries, Inc. and Essilor International. The first to successfully commercialize a plastic photochromic lens in 1990, today the company is a leading provider of photochromics to optical manufacturers worldwide. Transitions Optical offers the most advanced photochromic technology in the widest selection of lens designs, materials and brand names.
Transitions® lenses are the ideal everyday choice for healthy sight. They are clear indoors and at night. Outdoors, they automatically darken as light conditions change. Transitions lenses provide visual comfort, and enhance visual quality by reducing glare and enhancing contrast, helping you to see better today. Transitions lenses block 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays – helping to protect the health and wellness of your eyes – so you can see better tomorrow as well.
For more information about the company and Transitions lenses, visit Transitions.com or contact Transitions Optical Customer Service at (800) 848-1506 (United States) or (877) 254-2590 (Canada).