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Warby Parker Expands Partnership with NYC Department of Education to Give Kindergarten-First Graders Free Eyeglasses

Warby Parker Expands Partnership with NYC Department of Education to Give Kindergarten-First Graders Free Eyeglasses

The popular eyeglass retailer is giving free eyeglasses to kindergarten-first graders in need as part of its #PupilProject.

To help more kids see in school, Warby Parker is continuing its partnership with the New York City Department of Education to distribute free glasses to over 100,000 students in more than 200 Community Schools. The two joined forces in 2015, and now the partnership will expand to cover the entire city, providing about 33,000 kids with free glasses and more than 140,000 with free eye exams from the city’s Department of Health, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.

“These glasses are so stylish that kids will actually want to wear them,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in his annual State of the City address.

In de Blasio’s address, he also said that the citys free pre-kindergarten classes for 3-year-olds, or “3K For All,” will expand to two additional districts in Bushwick and The Bronx this fall.

Approximately 1/4 of the city’s students need glasses but only five percent of those who need them receive them, said de Blasio’s office. Poor vision can hinder the academic performance of children as well as their overall development, according to the American Optometric Association.

Warby Parker is known for giving a pair of glasses to someone who needs them for each pair purchased.