3 seniors document ‘Vision to Learn’ charity

Three seniors photographed and filmed an eyeglasses distribution event at the Dolores Mission School in Boyle Heights Jan. 28 as part of their publicity.

Vision to Learn, the nonprofit organization that hands out glasses and gives free eye examinations to the underprivileged children in the Los Angeles district, invited  three Photography III students Emily Plotkin ’13, Jamie Chang ’13 and Alex Ravan ’13 to take pictures and videos that will be posted on their website.

“It sounds so cliché, but they’re really seeing a whole new world,” Plotkin said. “They’re seeing things they’ve never seen before, and everything’s improving from their athletics to their educational success.”

As one of the heads of Community Council, Emily Plotkin ’13 became involved with the organization after responding to Vision to Learn’s email. She is hoping to continue the events with more art students helping out.

To raise awareness in the community, the founder of the organization and a couple of kids who have been affected by Vision to Learn will be coming to speak next week at class meetings.

“I got glasses in third grade, so I really can’t imagine my life without them. I definitely would have struggled academically if I didn’t have the resources to have vision tests and know that things were wrong. It would have been a whole other experience,” Plotkin said. “It warms my heart to see [the students] really notice a difference.”

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