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Students receive eye exams

December 06, 2005

Thousands of Washington County Public Schools students recently received annual vision screenings by the Hagerstown Lioness Club. The club has provided the service since 1993, when the Washington County Health Department was forced to curtail its vision screening programs in public schools.

From Sept. 12 to Nov. 7, Lionesses and volunteers screened 7,292 students in 34 Washington County public schools.

Students in kindergarten through grade 3 were tested for visual acuity, muscle balance and excessive farsightedness. Fifth- and eighth-graders also are tested for color blindness.

Of those tested, 770 students were referred to the health department for further testing.

Coordination of the service project was by May Crabb, Doris Fisher, Betty Morgan and Betty VanLaningham.

December Lioness service projects include gift wrapping for the American Red Cross, staffing a kettle for The Salvation Army and collecting nonperishable food items for St. Mark's Lutheran Church/Hagerstown food bank.

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