- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Thousands of Baltimore students could get a free pair of eyeglasses through a new initiative aimed at helping children in need see well enough to learn.

The city’s health department is partnering with the Vision to Learn organization and Johns Hopkins University to launch “Vision for Baltimore.”

As part of the program, students get an eye exam and glasses delivered to their school, regardless of their family’s ability to pay for them.

City health officials estimate that nearly 10,000 of 62,000 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade need glasses, but most don’t get them.

Maryland law requires vision screenings for pre-kindergarten, first grade and eighth grade students, and that’s done 22,000 times a year.

Under the program, every student through eighth grade will be screened over the next three years.

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