Program helps keep young eyes fresh

By Joe Soprano - [email protected]
Brycen Moser, 5, of Forty Fort, sits for a vision screening at the Northeast Sight Services back-to-school event in Exeter on Thursday. - Joe Soprano | Times Leader
The Allstate Foundation donated $15,000 to Northeast Sight Services on Thursday. Pictured are: First row, from left: Sara Peperno, president and CEO Northeast Sight Services; Amy Feldman, director of development Northeast Sight Services; Joshua Katyl, Allstate; John Joyce, Allstate. Second row: Adam Ruderman, Allstate; Jim Flynn, Courtney Smith, Allstate; and Rob Kosco, Allstate. - Submitted photo
Camden Feldman, 4, of Kingston Township, sits for a vision screening at the Northeast Sight Services back-to-school event in Exeter on Thursday. - Joe Soprano | Times Leader

EXETER – Northeast Sight Services held an old-fashioned picnic at its Wyoming Avenue facility Thursday.

The day was complete with hot dogs, hamburgs, drinks, music and games.

And, oh yes, free vision screenings and school supplies for the children.

The organization combined with Allstate Foundation to host a back-to-school vision screening program.

“We really wanted to highlight our prevention program,” Northeast Sight Services Director of Development Amy Feldman said, pointing out the event was one of many helping the organization celebrate its centennial.

“We really wanted to bring people here and get them ready for back to school.”

According to Feldman, 80 percent of learning in school is based on visual clues, making a proper vision screening a must especially for young children who may not even realize they have a sight problem.

“It was awesome to partner with Allstate, giving back packs and back-to-school supplies and getting their vision screened all at the same time,” Feldman said.

Allstate agency owners collected back-to-school supplies for the day.

The Allstate Foundation also donated a $15,000 Helping Hands Grant to Northeast Sight Services. It was all part of a nationwide effort by the foundation in its Good Starts Young. The grant will enable the organization to screen an additional 3,000 children.

“One of the reasons my wife and I got involved with (Northeast Sight Services) is their ability to help children in the area and all local kids,” said Allstate agency owner Joshua Katyl.

Feldman said Northeast Sight Services hoped to screen at least 100 children during the event.

In addition, Kristen Martin from New York Life was on hand to provide free child IDs to each participant.

Brycen Moser, 5, of Forty Fort, sits for a vision screening at the Northeast Sight Services back-to-school event in Exeter on Thursday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_20180816_141007-1.jpgBrycen Moser, 5, of Forty Fort, sits for a vision screening at the Northeast Sight Services back-to-school event in Exeter on Thursday. Joe Soprano | Times Leader

The Allstate Foundation donated $15,000 to Northeast Sight Services on Thursday. Pictured are: First row, from left: Sara Peperno, president and CEO Northeast Sight Services; Amy Feldman, director of development Northeast Sight Services; Joshua Katyl, Allstate; John Joyce, Allstate. Second row: Adam Ruderman, Allstate; Jim Flynn, Courtney Smith, Allstate; and Rob Kosco, Allstate.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_39291414_476137279520936_5939664059237400576_n-1.jpgThe Allstate Foundation donated $15,000 to Northeast Sight Services on Thursday. Pictured are: First row, from left: Sara Peperno, president and CEO Northeast Sight Services; Amy Feldman, director of development Northeast Sight Services; Joshua Katyl, Allstate; John Joyce, Allstate. Second row: Adam Ruderman, Allstate; Jim Flynn, Courtney Smith, Allstate; and Rob Kosco, Allstate. Submitted photo

Camden Feldman, 4, of Kingston Township, sits for a vision screening at the Northeast Sight Services back-to-school event in Exeter on Thursday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_20180816_140947-1.jpgCamden Feldman, 4, of Kingston Township, sits for a vision screening at the Northeast Sight Services back-to-school event in Exeter on Thursday. Joe Soprano | Times Leader
Northeast Sight Services teams up with Allstate Foundation

By Joe Soprano

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Reach Joe Soprano at 570-991-6393 or on Twitter @TLnews.

Reach Joe Soprano at 570-991-6393 or on Twitter @TLnews.