LYNNWOOD, WA – The Foundation for Edmonds School District, in partnership with the Edmonds School District and National Vision Cares, is pleased to announce a new vision program providing complimentary eye exams and hardware to families in need. The program is made possible thanks to a generous grant from Foundry10, a philanthropic educational research organization focused on expanding the way people think about learning and creating direct value for kids.

With a referral from an Edmonds School District nurse, children can receive a complimentary eye exam by a licensed optometrist and eyeglasses from a local America’s Best or Vista Optical, both members of the National Vision family of companies. Each family referred to the program will receive a voucher that they can redeem in their local store. For National Vision’s first ever philanthropic report, please visit www.nationalvision.com.

“We are so thankful for this opportunity to partner with our District and National Vision Cares to provide such an important health service,” says Deborah Brandi, Foundation Executive Director. “Thanks to the generous support of Foundry10, we are able to provide quality care to our families and ensure our children can focus on their studies, which is especially important for families who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.” More information about Foundry10 can be found on their website, www.foundry10.org.

The Edmonds School District is Snohomish County’s largest public school district, serving more than 21,000 students across 35 campuses. Boundaries span five communities including Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Brier and part of Bothell.

For 37 years, the Foundation for Edmonds School District has worked in partnership with the District to ensure that every student has the resources to learn, thrive and contribute to our vibrant community. With an all-volunteer board and active community participants, the Foundation provides supplemental funding to support students, families, and educators in the pursuit of educational excellence. www.foundationesd.org

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