Afternoon 4K students are lined up in the hall at Kids View Learning Center in Woodville for their free non-invasive Lions Club vision screening. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Afternoon 4K students are lined up in the hall at Kids View Learning Center in Woodville for their free non-invasive Lions Club vision screening. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Lion Jeff Schneider

WOODVILLE, WI – The Woodville Lions Club once again conducted non-invasive vision screening for young students at Kids View Learning Center in Woodville and Greenfield Elementary School in Baldwin. The Woodville Lions Club has been conducting these free annual vision screenings for several years now. This demonstrates once more that where there is a need, there is a Lion willing to serve. Lion Jeff Schneider prepared the following report for Woodville Leader readers.

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, our Woodville Lion’s Club screened a total of 270 mostly 4K and kindergarten children in the Baldwin-Woodville School District.                

24 (8.9%) were referred for an eye checkup as a vision problem was detected by the  $7500 Spot Vision Screening Devices that are owned by Lions District 27E2 that the Woodville Lions helped to purchase.

The three certified Woodville Lions vision screeners (Terry Stone, Doug Jamieson and Jeff Schneider) had the use of two of these devices this time as this is the first time that we have screened both 4K and Kindergarten students. The Club plan moving forward is to continue annual screening of all 4K and kindergarten students in the B-W district as children’s eyes change a lot from the age of 4 to 5.

The three Woodville Lion members that are certified to do the vision screening attended training this fall; this is required every 3 years to keep their certification valid and current.

Greenfield Elementary School Principle JR Dachel who is also a Lion member and current president of the Woodville Lion’s Club does a phenomenal job organizing and preparing prior to the day of our screening. His preparation greatly improves our efficiency to screen this many students in 4-5 hours with the use of the two Spot Vision Screening devices.

Prior to the day of screening he has all students’ names and information loaded into the devices for individual tracking purposes. A student that has been detected to have a vision problem by the screening device receives a report generated that day by the screening device.  That report is then sent to their parents. It is the responsibility of the parent to schedule an examination with an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.

When a vision problem has been detected and the parents follow up with further testing leading to correcting the child’s vision problem they may see improvement in their child’s achievements in school. This is very rewarding for our Woodville Lion’s Club members who participate in this vision screening and the Club as a whole. Being able to provide this service to our School District for free is another example of the work the Lion’s do for our community. As our motto is “We Serve!”

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Woodville Lion’s Club (live in the Woodville or Baldwin communities) please contact our membership chairman Lion Larry Knegendorf at larry.knegendorf@baldwin-telecom.net or call Lion Larry at 715-698-2321.