KMPC Transformed into Doctor’s Office to Serve Community
With the help of the Houston Health Department and various community volunteers, the Klein Multipurpose Center (KMPC) became a fully-functioning eye doctor’s office this week to provide free eye exams, prescriptions, and glasses to 200 Klein ISD students.
Klein ISD knows that vision can have a profound impact on a child’s learning and life. That’s why we complete vision screenings for all students in PreK, kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and seventh grades. If students do not pass the in-school screening, they receive a referral for further evaluation.
“Sometimes there are barriers which prevent families from completing the vision referral, which means the student does not receive professional eye care,” Klein ISD Health Services Coordinator Yvonne Clarke said. “In order to support our families, I applied for a grant with the Tomball Regional Health Foundation to bring a program called ‘See to Succeed’ to Klein ISD.”
See to Succeed is a Houston Health Foundation initiative that aims to improve academic performance by providing free comprehensive eye exams and eyewear to students who otherwise wouldn’t receive those.
“See to Succeed essentially brought an entire, high-quality optometry program directly to our students today,” Clarke said. “With parental consent, our students are transported from their campus to the Klein Multipurpose Center for vision screening and then bussed back to campus. It’s very convenient for families and completely funded by the grant.”
We are so proud that the See to Succeed initiative came to Klein ISD, as it is simply another way that we care for the whole student.
The students received a fully comprehensive eye exam including near and distance vision screening, color vision screening, and eye health exams.
“The eye is the only place in the body where doctors can look inside the body without having to do surgery so eyes can be very telling of someone’s overall health,” Lead Optometrist for See to Succeed Dr. Veronica Mendez, O.D. said. “We’ve caught diabetes and tumors with eye exams so families should understand how important they really are.”
At the conclusion of each exam, students received a prescription and/or hand-picked glasses that they will receive free of charge within the next month.
Before bussing back to campus, students were fed a nutritious lunch prepared by the Klein ISD Nutrition and Food Services team.
Thank you to See to Succeed for bringing your resources and partnerships to Klein to ensure that our students can see, live, and learn clearly!
Best Public Schools in Texas
Klein ISD has an established 84-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.
About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.
Help Us Share Your Story
There are so many incredible individuals in the Klein Family making a lasting impact on our community. We want to recognize and celebrate our leaders and learners that are cultivating talent, building relationships, reimagining learning and making Promise2Purpose a reality daily. Share your story here: https://kleinfamily.net