Fun-filled event will connect families and raise awareness of childhood vision health.
The 5th annual Great Glasses Play Day will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Moses Brown School Playground (250 Lloyd Avenue Providence, RI 02906) from 11am to 1pm. This event is free and open to the public. Celebrate children who wear glasses and early childhood vision health by joining parent-organized meet-ups taking place online and in parks around the country and internationally.
Last year, hundreds attended events held at sites in the United States and internationally. Children were surrounded by lots of other glasses-wearing kids, their families and friends, playing games and enjoying all the amazing things their glasses allow them to do. Featured activities last year included book readings, arts and crafts and good old-fashioned play, and this year promises more of the same! Go to GreatGlassesPlayDay.com to find out where celebrations are happening near you. “What was so special about each site was that parents were able to connect with each other and have their little ones see others wearing glasses,” says Great Glasses Play Day co-founder, Kristin Ellsworth. “This year, our goal is to have meet-up events in at least 30 cities.”
By attending the Great Glasses Play Day, families and communities show their support for children who wear eyeglasses, patches or have other vision issues. Everyone can celebrate by wearing their prescription glasses on Friday, May 6th and throughout the weekend. Supporters include the RI EyeInstitute, Flatbread Pizza Company Providence, Hasbro Toys, and Liquid Blue.
The Great Glasses Play Day will assist in raising awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment of childhood vision issues. While nearly 1 in 20 preschoolers should wear glasses, only 1 in 100 actually wears them. Not addressing children’s vision issues can lead to lower academic achievement and can sometimes lead to a lifetime of blindness, but together we can help spread the word and make a difference.
The Great Glasses Play Day was co-founded by Ann Zawistoski of the online support community, Little Four Eyes, and Kristin Ellsworth of the social enterprise, Peeps Eyewear. T-shirts and graphics are by Jessica Butler of Eye Power Kids Wear.