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The Gift of Reading | Long Island Eye Doctor

The Gift of Reading
Meghan Schiffer, OD

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of reading aloud to Mrs. Kirsch’s 2nd grade class at a local elementary school here in Plainview, NY. I was invited as a guest speaker through the PARP program – Parents As Reading Partners. PARP is a statewide PTA administered program that asks parents to read with their children for at least fifteen minutes daily. The goal is to instill a sense of excitement for reading, showing children that reading can be both fun and informative. Yesterday, the Stratford Road Elementary School invited members of the community to read to their students.

As both an optometrist and a participating reader, I thought it best to read about Wagner, a child receiving his first pair of glasses. The book was entitled Pearl and Wagner: Four Eyes. With the help of the Optix staff, we created a special goody bag for each student which included a coloring page, a pack of crayons, and informational material regarding our special BluTech lenses, which we recommend for all children who use tablets and other smart devices. The Pearl and Wagner chapter book was donated to Mrs. Kirsch’s class so the students can re-read the book any time they want.

The reading session was very interactive. Many of the kids asked very intelligent questions. Lots of the students, as well as Mrs. Kirsch, had funny stories to tell about glasses being broken, lost, or eaten – usually by their pets. The kids asked why I decided to pursue optometry as a career and how many years of school did it take me to become a doctor?

I found this experience very enriching, and I hope the students did too. I take great pride in protecting the sight of our community, especially our youth. I hope that these students will look forward to their next (or first) comprehensive eye examination!

Dr. Meghan Schiffer

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