Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lions Bring Students to Lenscrafters Hometown Days

Santa Claus visited while Lions driver volunteers waited for Lorain City Schools students to get exams and be fitted with glasses and frames at the LensCrafters store at Midway Mall in Elyria Tuesday, Dec. 13.. The club has participated in LensCrafters' annual Hometown Days event for more than 20 years. Pictured (left to right):  Lion Dan Smith, Lion John Volak, Lion Ken Cromer, Santa, and Lion Marshall Dimacchia.

LensCrafters manager Michelle Perner fits frames for an appreciative student from Lorain's Longfellow Middle School.

Morning Journal reporter Kelly Petryszyn talks with a student about her experience getting new glasses.

Morning Journal photographer Anna Norris gets a picture for a story in the paper about the Lions and LensCrafters project to provide eye exams and glasses.
The Morning Journal reporter interviews Lorain Lion member Dr. John Smith, the optometrist at the LensCrafters store, who examined the eyes of the students.

Meredith Mattey (right), sign language teacher at Lorain High School, interprets for LensCrafters staffer Ronda Mitchell to get the correct frame fit for a student.

Volunteer Driver, Lion John Volak, (left), with Longfellow Middle School teacher's aide who assisted in transporting the kids to LensCrafters enjoy snacks.  The Lorain Lions provided sandwiches, chips, fruit and cookies for the students, Lenscrafters staff and Lions volunteers.

Dr. John Smith and Lorain Lions Hometown Day Chairman Bruce Diso discuss how things are going.  It's always a busy morning taking care of the Lorain City School students.  Both Lion John and Lion Bruce have been doing this project for many years.
Dr. John Smith with optometry office staff and LensCrafters staff at the end of a busy, but enjoyable morning.  Pictured (left to right):  Jen Penny, Ronda Mitchell , Krissy Hering, Jennifer Hall, Dr. Smith, and LensCrafters Store Manager Michelle Perna.  Thanks for a great job!

VIDEO; Lion Bruce Diso, Sight Committee chairman, talks about Lorain Lions role in Hometown Days.
VIDEO; Dr. John Smith, an optometrist and Lorain Lion, talks about the annual project that assists local students in need of eye exams and eyeglasses to achieve success in school by being able to see better.
VIDEO: Beginning with first-year member John Volak, Lorain Lions share their thoughts on driving students to LensCrafters Hometown Days event,
VIDEO: Lion Marshall Dimacchia and been transporting Lorain students for years to the Elyria mall for Hometown Days as have several members for the club.

VIDEO: Listen to what Lion Ken Cromer has to say.
VIDEO; Lion Dan Smith tells why important projects such as Hometown Days makes it great to be a Lion whose motto is, "We Serve!"

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