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Glazer Family Foundation provides glasses to school kids

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Dr William Maher examines a students' vision so she can get the correct glasses for free through a program sponsored by the Glazer Family Foundation. Dr William Maher examines a students' vision so she can get the correct glasses for free through a program sponsored by the Glazer Family Foundation.
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Dozens of Woodlawn Elementary School students in St. Petersburg will soon see the world a little more clearly thanks to the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Program.  Nearly 60 children underwent a second round of free eye exams today and will ultimately receive eyeglasses at no charge as well. 

"It's usually very expensive to go in for the doctor's visit," explained Christy Schnell with the Glazer Family Foundation which is footing the bill for the exams and glasses.  "They're so excited they can not just see a doctor but get a free pair of glasses outside of that," she said.

The Glazer Family Foundation is providing the service for 12 low income schools in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. 

William Maher is the optometrist who performed today's exams. "I like helping people, and I really like helping the children," he said.  "If they only see me one time, and I know that I've done what I can to help them, and they will wear the glasses, I know their life will be better," Maher said.

The Glazer Family Foundation will return to Woodlawn Elementary School when all of the eyeglasses are ready, and the organization will bring back some special guests.  "Our players and cheerleaders and our mascot Captain Fear actually give the children their glasses," Schnell said.T

The Foundation next travels to Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg on  Wednesday March 6th to perform eye exams there on about 30 students. 

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