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Students at Kagel Elementary in Walker's Point got free eye exams and glasses this week.

See the smiles on MPS kids' faces when they get new eyeglasses

Once again, Wisconsin Vision, Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, Milwaukee Public Schools and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin have teamed up to bring free eye exams and glasses to students at two MPS schools via the Clear Days Ahead program.

The program brought vision screenings to nearly 500 students ages 4-14 at Westside Academy, 1945 N. 31st St., and Kagel Elementary, 1210 W. Mineral St. this autumn.

Optometrists, opticians and others volunteered their time to do the tests. Even the Wisconsin Vision's CEO Darren Horndasch was at Kagel this week testing kids.

After the tests, students who needed prescription glasses got them free from Wisconsin Vision.

"A pair of glasses can make all the difference in a student's ability to learn," said MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver in a statement. "We want to thank Wisconsin Vision and the MTEA for their work to ensure our students can see clearly and actively participate in their classes."

"Each year, we identify some students who are legally blind without glasses," said Wisconsin Vision's Beth Bush. And undetected vision problems can seriously hamper a child's learning.

The Clear Days Ahead program kicked off in 2010 and nearly 1,000 pairs of glasses have been given to MPS students during that time.

Here are some photos taken at the screenings at Kagel Elementary on Thursday:

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