Staley Middle School hosted the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club and Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) this week as part of a celebration of World Sight Day.
In preparation for the event, students were challenged to research and learn about the science behind vision. Students then presented their discoveries to Cowboys players and EVF staff and taught the group about various sight-related topics.
EVF also provided Staley students with free eye exams and gave any students showing a need for glasses new eyewear, all at no cost to the students and their families.
World Sight Day is an annual international day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vision impairment is one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children in the United States. Good vision is crucial for learning, because approximately 80 percent of what a child learns up to age 12 is through his or her eyes.