We kicked off the week with a visit to Miller African-Centered Academy in the Hill District on Monday, the first “Chromos Cares” giveback of 2016.
Seeing our state and city politicos like Corey O’Connor and DeWitt Walton filing into the school was awesome. So was the arrival of Mayor Bill Peduto, news cameras from WPXI, WTAE and KDKA, as well as photogs for the Tribune-Review.
But the best part?
Being welcomed into the library by a roomful of K-5 scholars who were eager to show off their new specs and even more so, stand in front of a room full of adults and without a shred of nervousness tell us what those glasses meant to them.
They were awesome! Seriously. Awesome.
“Without your help, our kids wouldn’t be able to see or read. I’m very grateful for your donation,” said parent Dorian Clay.
This city has really embraced the Chromos Cares program. And it’s because of you that we were able to provide 28 eye exams and 23 pairs of glasses to the Miller kids today, bringing us up to 140 since we launched this initiative.
“What makes this event special is that Eyetique and Chromos are such staples of Pittsburgh. Their giving back glasses to kids in academic pursuit is a win-win for Pittsburgh,” said City Councilman Dan Gilman.
“It’s a beautiful idea,” echoed Mayor Peduto. “And if we can continue pulling together, we can make anything happen.”
Thanks to all the scholars, superintendent Dr. Linda Lane and principal Dr. Margaret Starkes-Ross for having us! We’ve set our sights on a goal of providing 500 glasses to kids in our Pittsburgh Public schools by the end of the year.
If any city can do it, it’s this one.