Category: Gift of Light

Conexus Healthy Vision Programs Are Improving Vision, Grades and Behavior

Conexus Vision has a simple mission — remove poor vision as a barrier to a child’s success in the classroom. The results can be seen not just in the grades of the students but also in their behavior. As Elizabeth Stowers, Communities in Schools of Chesterfield site coordinator, explained, “Last year we had a kindergartener […]

Conexus ‘Gift of Light’ campaign gifts Richmond student in need

Arielle, a Richmond Public Schools student and her mother, Mary, noticed that she started to struggle in school. According to Arielle’s mother, her struggles came right when she began to learn to read. “So before the testing, I kind of noticed she was having a problem because she got tested right around the time she was […]

COVID19 Impacts Conexus – WRIC Story for Gift of Light 2020

Conexus, a non-profit organization that works with youth in schools to help them see better, is being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “It has been a little bit of a challenge for us because most of everything that we do is inside of a school building,” said Tim Gresham, the CEO and President of Conexus […]

Student Donates to Conexus

Thousands of children struggle with poor vision, making things like learning in school and playing sports difficult. Eva Viele, a 9-year-old from Woolridge Elementary, chose to donate to her new favorite charity, Conexus, this holiday season. “For the holidays, each member of my family was going to donate to a charity that meant something to […]

Kids See Tacky Lights Clearly For The First Time

Conexus, a local non-profit organization that provides free glasses and eye exams to children in need, has focused on giving the gift of sight this holiday season.Children helped through Conexus’s Gift of Light program got the chance to put their new frames to the test on Tuesday while checking out the Tacky Light tour in […]

Conexus Delivers Free Exams

“It is very important for students to learn, to learn how to read, to learn how to concentrate. You can’t learn to read if you can’t see,” Sandra Griffin, a staff nurse with Richmond Public Schools, said. “You can’t learn to read if your eyes are tired and you have a headache.”G.H. Reid Elementary school is […]

Mobile Clinic Brings Healthy Vision

“About one-third of the kids sitting in a classroom are unable to see well, and 80% of what a child learns in a classroom is through their eyes,” Tim Gresham, CEO, explained. “So, if a child is sitting in the classroom, not seeing as well as they should then they are not going to be […]

Gift of Light 2019

The ‘Gift of Light’ campaign, launched in 2013, supports Conexus programs such as VisioCheck, its screening program, as well as its Mobile Vision Clinic program, a free program that provides in-school non-dilated eye exams and prescription glasses to children. The Mobile Vision Clinic exams are performed by state licensed optometrists and, if prescribed, students are […]

Gift of Light Celebrates Record-Breaking Year

Through the efforts of Virginia Eye Institute (VEI) and Haley GMC the Gift of Light had a record breaking year raising $28,467, surpassing the $25,000 campaign goal!! Staff at each of the 8 VEI locations competed weekly to raise donations from their patients and collectively raised $8,037 over 4 weeks.  Locations had a fundraising goal […]