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Release: #16-7
January 19, 2016
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson and Los Angeles Clippers Announce Vision to Learn Program in Inglewood

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson joined the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team on Tuesday to kick off a partnership with Vision to Learn to provide free eye exams and distribute eyeglasses to students in the Inglewood Unified School District.

Clippers players Chris Paul and Paul Pierce helped kick off the event. Pierce attended Inglewood High School.

The nonprofit Vision to Learn program sends a mobile eye clinic to assist students in low-income communities.

Torlakson and Clippers players distributed glasses to Inglewood High School students along with Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, representatives from Inglewood Unified School District, and Inglewood Rotary.

"Students need to see clearly to learn. Students who cannot see well have trouble keeping up and can easily become frustrated, discouraged, and fall behind. This program will help all students have the vision they need to succeed," Torlakson said.

 "I want to make a special thanks to Chris Paul and Paul Pierce. These N.B.A. stars are two great role models, and Paul is giving back to his school and his community."

This Vision to Learn team will provide free eye exams for 11,000 students at all 19 Inglewood elementary, middle, and high schools. Nurses, eye doctors, and other vision professional will donate their skills and expertise for this project.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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