Lions Club, Blackfoot School District partner for vision, hearing screenings

BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot Lions Club is working in conjunction with Blackfoot School District to administer free vision and hearing screenings to every elementary child in second and fourth grade within the district.
The Mobile Screening Unit was at Stoddard and Ridge Crest elementaries Thursday as they make their way through the school district. Principal Ryan Wilson said that by mid-morning they had already identified five second graders with potential vision problems.
"This is an initial screening," said Wilson. "It just helps send up a red flag to go and get a more thorough exam. It potentially helps students resolve problems that can transfer into their school work and life."
Rodney Cross with Blackfoot City Lions Club helps coordinate basic sight and hearing screenings in the area and said "the Lions is a service organization -- this is exactly what we are here for."
He expressed his excitement at working with the Blackfoot School District for the first year and says he is "already looking forward to returning next year after the fair."
Volunteers with the Lions Mobile Screening Unit saw over 1,400 people last week at the Eastern Idaho State Fair and the Shelley Lions Club is sponsoring the unit at the upcoming Spud Days events. At Spud Days the unit will offer free screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, vision and hearing.