El Monte High Students Work With Lions Club to Donate Eyeglasses to the Needy
by Anne Donofrio-Holter
February 27, 2013 • 4,154 views
Members of the El Monte High School Laurels service organizations have been busy cleaning and measuring hundreds of eyeglass lenses on behalf of the Industry Hills Lions Club. For nearly 100 years, Lions Club International have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for millions of people worldwide.
“For the last few weeks, the Laurels have been working hard with Lions International cleaning and measuring eyeglass lenses in order to ship them to the Philippines for needy patients,” said Laurels Club advisor Elisa Perez. “This is the first time we have had the opportunity to work on such a special project and I am happy to see how engaged the Laurels, along with the Leos, are in working on this project.”
“The eyeglass recycling program was a fun experience because we were working together as a team,” said senior Damini Bhana. “It was a good feeling knowing what I was doing was going to greatly benefit someone in need.”
“It was nice to know that the eyeglasses I was holding were going to be shipped to the Philippines where someone who really needs them will find great use for them,” said senior Nathalie Cortes.
Once the eyeglasses are cleaned and measured, they are packaged by the students and returned to the Lions Club to be shipped to the Philippines.
“Founded in 1950, the Laurels are the oldest student community service organization in the El Monte Union High School District,” said Perez. “The members pride themselves in serving the City of El Monte.”
According to Perez, the all-female service organization is uniquely distinct from any other organization in the school district and go through a rigorous application process. Each candidate is required to write a formal essay, provide a resume of activities and community service, participate in a panel interview and maintain at least an overall 3.0 GPA with no D’s or F’s during any grading period.
“As a formal Laurel myself, I am proud to be their advisor and witness the great success our organization has been able to achieve for the last 63 years,” said Perez. “I truly consider myself a lucky person to be working with such dedicated students. They really inspire me.”
“It was very rewarding knowing that these eyeglasses were going to help families in another country where they don’t necessarily have access to purchase their own,” said senior Yesenia Padilla. “I would definitely like to do this project again!”