UFT And Education Dep’t Teams Up To Boost Services

The United Federation of Teachers and Education Department joined forces to boost access to social services in public schools.

children-examOne of their new initiatives is the establishment of a community-based eye clinic in a South Bronx school. School officials announced that this new vision clinic at PS. 18 John Peter Zenger, will provide eye exams, fittings, and glasses for every student who needs it.

The clinic will be staffed with an onsite optician, optometrist and ophthalmic technician. OneSight, the nonprofit arm of the eyewear giant Luxottica, will fund the clinic and staff during its first year. David Appel, the director of the Montefiore School of Health Program said Montefiore Medical Center will administer the vision center as part of PS 18’s school health clinic.

“It feels organic to have the clinic at this site,” said Sophy Aponte, a fifth grade teacher and UFT Chapter Leader at PS 18.

Jennifer H. Cunningham of New York Daily News has more on the story.