DALLAS, TEXAS – May 5, 2022 – More than 40 students at La Academia de Estrellas charter school in Dallas can see clearly now thanks to a community collaboration between Kids Vision for LifeSM (KVFL) and Regions Bank. A $5,000 sponsorship provided by Regions helped cover the cost eye exams and glasses for children in need.
Kids Vision for Life offers a solution to one of the main barriers low-income children face – access to vision care – by bringing its mobile vision clinics to schools. Students get eye exams and, in many cases, finished prescription glasses the same day, all at no cost to their family.
Through its engagement with La Academia de Estrellas, Regions Bank saw an opportunity to support students’ health and academic performance by providing access to vision care. Thanks to Regions’ involvement, KVFL was able to host an event at the school for the first time. The event’s impact included:
- 42 students served
- 40 students received prescription glasses
- 16 students got glasses for the first time
In addition to sponsoring this event, Regions Bank distributed My Favorite Bank Book to educate students on how to make good financial decisions. This event was so successful that Regions Bank and KVFL are planning to bring vision care to another school this fall.
“Detecting vision impairment issues at an early age is critical,” says Tyrus Sanders, market executive for Regions Bank in Dallas. “The Kids Vision for Life program is providing vital, no-cost services to youth who might not otherwise have access to them. Regions Bank is proud to support KVFL’s outreach efforts to elevate health, empower classroom success, and instill self-confidence for students.”
“The partnership with Regions Bank is ideal, as people need the ability to see clearly to do well in school, apply for jobs and be successful in life,” says Becky Palm, president and executive director of Essilor Vision Foundation. “We are so honored to have Regions Bank’s support in making a difference in our community. Their donation and commitment to our mission help ensure that everyone has access to critical vision care and the opportunity to succeed in life.”
About Essilor Vision Foundation
Kids Vision for Life is a program of Essilor Vision Foundation. The Foundation strives to give children a brighter future by helping them see the world more clearly. Since 2007, Essilor Vision Foundation has provided 2 million pairs of eyeglasses to individuals in need. Essilor Vision Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public, non-profit organization committed to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences. To learn more visit www.evfusa.org.
About Regions Financial Corporation
Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $164 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,300 banking offices and more than 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions can be found at www.regions.com.