Nineteen Lions Club members from Lakewood First Lions and DuPont Lions converged on Lakewood’s Gary and Carol Milgard Family HOPE Center to provide exams for students of the adjacent Lakeview Elementary School. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. processions of students filed quietly from the school’s classrooms to Hope Center’s facilities where eye exams and hearing tests went on for 6 hours and served 720 young children. The hearing & site exams are performed annually by local Lions Clubs, organized by Jeff Rich of Lakewood First. Greg Hull of DuPont Lions organizes that club’s involvement.
- Lion member Nancy Burri (R) watches for the hand signal from an elementary student a Lakeview Elementary School indicating she was able to hear the test’s tones through her earphones.
So far the 2015 total amounts to over 5,000 elementary grade students served. In addition to performing important tests without charge to the children, the clubs’ involvement frees school nurses to focus on more urgent individual student needs. All elementary schools of the Clover Park School District and the DuPont schools of the Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1 are served by either the Lakewood Lions or the DuPont Lions.
Lions clubs support their community activities through a variety of fund raising events. The next major event for the Lakewood First Lions is a crab feed that has proven popular. The next crab feed is January 30th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available at www.livelikealion.org or www.lakewoodfirstlions.org. All net proceeds go towards supporting the club’s numerous community needs.
- Members of the DuPont Lions Club test a student’s vision with a standard eye chart. Children are often confused by the instructions if they have never experienced the test before.