b'HELPINGSTUDENTSFOCUS ONT H E F U T U R EIn 2018, the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) and the Mobile Vision Care Clinic(MVCC) formed a partnership to help ensure students who need eyeglasses can get them.Under the direction of Sean Sylvestre, MVCC founder and CEO,18 families, and, in the end, 34 people received a brand-new pair the clinic works alongside schools and community groups toof prescription glasses. To ensure the safety of staff and students, provide on-site vision care services, including comprehensive COVID-19 public health protocols were followed at every site.eye exams by a licensed Doctor of Optometry, and the dispensingof prescription eyeglasses. LRSD works with federal andThe program has been a success for students in LRSD, and we provincial programs, third party insurance companies, andfelt that including families was equally important, said Brown. community partners to ensure costs are not a barrier for students.The clinics were a way to remove barriers and make things alittle easier for families.One of the best parts about the clinic is that students can access the services without ever leaving their school. Prescription glasses are provided to those in need and come with an anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating as well as a case and a cleaning cloth.Providing the opportunity for students to connect with quality eye care services directly at school makes a world of differenceProviding the opportunity for students to in ensuring all students have what they need to be successful, said Melissa Brown, School and Family Community Connector inconnect with quality eye care services directly LRSD. Witnessing the smiles and happy expressions of studentsat school makes a world of difference in who put on eyeglasses for the first time demonstrates the value of the partnership between LRSD and the MVCC.ensuring all students have what they need to be successful.During the 2020-2021 school year, the MVCC visited 10 elementary schools throughout LRSD, and more than 1,100 students received complimentary eye exams! A pop-up clinic MELISSA BROWNwas also held at the Ren Deleurme Centre over spring break School and Family Community Connectorto increase access to eye care for families in the LRSD.The spring break clinic provided vision care to 50 individuals from 45'