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Making Sure Our Kids Can ‘See to Succeed’

2012 February 29
by HISD Communications

Yesterday, I dropped by Bonner Elementary School to visit with second-grader Athena Abarca (pictured). Athena is one of hundreds of students benefitting from our partnership with the City of Houston’s Health and Human Services Department.

Since 2011, ‘See to Succeed’ has been providing some of HISD’s neediest children with free eye exams and eyeglasses—and I think it is a fantastic program.

Before last fall, Athena had been wearing the same pair of frames for more than two years. They were too small and didn’t fit her face, but she wore them until, finally, they broke.

In October, she was allowed to pick out whatever style she wanted from among dozens of designer frames—and two weeks later, she received a beautiful new set of glasses—exactly what she needs to see her schoolwork, classmates, and teacher clearly.

I’d like to thank both Principal Josefa Olivares and Athena’s teacher, Karla Martinez, for welcoming me to their campus so graciously today.

But I want to extend my deepest thanks to the City of Houston for recognizing how important corrective lenses can be to academic success, and for ensuring our kids have all the tools they need to do their best work.

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