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Collier County students get free eyeglasses
NAPLES, Fla. - Some Collier County school children struggle to learn inside the classroom, but now one simple act of kindness could help improve their test scores.
The front of the classroom is now in focus for Sofia Morales. Learning in the 6th grade just got alittle easier after Sofia got a brand-new pair of eyeglasses.
"It was like looking outside the window and seeing perfectly fine like a normal person," said Morales.
Her old glasses were no good and were kept together with super glue.
"They were all blurry and I couldn't see in them because they had super glue around them."
Now thanks to some generous hearts, Sofia is 1 of 100 students at Golden Gate Middle who got two pair of glasses for free.
"They got one for school and one for home. Now they can never use the excuse I left my
glasses at home," John Mueller, Naples Children & Education Foundation trustee.
Naples Children and Education Foundation collected $750,000 dollars during last year's
Naples Winter Wine Festival to pay for vision screenings and eyewear for Collier County's
"Do you think some of these kids would just go without if it wasn't for the foundation?"
"Yes, none of these kids would have glasses," said Mueller.
Before getting glasses on Tuesday, nearly 7,500 students in the district got their eye
sight checked. Students at 6 other Collier Schools will also be getting glasses.
"It feels good to have a new good pair of glasses to see better, to read better," said one 8th grader.