I was fortunate to go to a Christmas Party at the Penrickton School in Taylor Michigan.
I say I was fortunate to go, because I was able to witness the true meaning of Christmas. The Penrickton School serves a very unique student. The are all blind and have an additional handicap, life has given them a burden most of us will never understand.
At this party I saw the staff of the school and how they truly love what they do, how they cared for the children and have created a one of a kind environment for them to grow and thrive.
There were several Lions Clubs from all over the State of Michigan there to make sure every child had a unique gift, making their Christmas special.
I also learned what a Harmonium was. This was the item the School purchased for Music Department with the funds donated from the members of the Northville Lions Club.
Reflecting on our visit to Penrickton, I have a new appreciation of how fortunate I am to have a Happy and Healthy Family and the great work the Lions Club does in the community.
Have a Merry Christmas.
P.S. Here some links to learn more.
The Northville Lions Club in coordination with the Lions KidSight USA and Southeastern Michigan’s KidSight organizer Jim Williams brought free vision screening for children aged 6 months to 6 years old to this weekend’s Northville Heritage Festival. “We were delighted with the spectacular success of the project and the amount of service we were able to provide our community,” Northville Lions president Bruce Vatcher expressed.
The two day event saw well over a hundred local children participate in the non-evasive vision screening process. Parents watched as a high tech camera was used to scan their children’s eyes and developed a preliminary determination of the presence of several possible eye disorders. Although most of the children that participated had normal results, about 5% of those scanned indicated the presence of potential vision problems and their parents were encourage to seek additional professional eye care assistance for their children.
With a simple mission of early detection to assist with early correction, the project seeks to identify potential vision problems before they result in permanent vision impediments.
Several of the Northville high school Leo’s Club members were also present and provided tremendous assistance with the screening and promotion of the project during the two day event. “The members of their youth organization exemplified the club’s motto of “Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity” and their support was greatly appreciated,” Vatcher said.
For more information on the screening event or to learn more about the Northville Lions Club and its service projects, go to HYPERLINK "http://www.northvillelionsclub.org" www.northvillelionsclub.org.
The screening event is part of a nationwide initiative called Lions KidSight USA, which brings together Lions programs that screen children from 6 months to 6 years of age. KidSight USA was developed by Lions to protect the eye health of America’s children in the early years. Lions in the U.S. currently screen more than 500,000 children per year. Learn more about Lions KidSight USA at lionskidsightusa.org.