About 80 Lions Club members – including some from as far away as Iceland, Korea, India and the United Kingdom – toured the Grant Child Development Center during a recent day of hearing and vision screenings offered to students by the international service club. More than 100 students received hearing and vision screenings.
“The Lions Club will be completing this process at all 28 Child Development Center preschool sites,” said Cindy Young, CDC director for the Long Beach Unified School District. “They are also committed to working with the parents of children who qualify for additional testing, including any who may need assistive devices, glasses, hearing aids, etc.”
The service club also is connecting with LBUSD’s Head Start early childhood program.
“Their goal is to service the entire greater Long Beach community,” Young said. “This is amazing.”
The Lions Club was one of the first service clubs established in Long Beach and recently celebrated its 95th anniversary. One of the club’s main programs is a partnership with LBUSD in which volunteers work with school nurses to provide screenings, eyeglasses and other assistance to local students. The club covers expenses for students if their family’s insurance does not.