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Sandy schools and Mt. Hood Lions Clubs help check little ears, eyes

Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation joins Oregon Trail School District to test sight, hearing


Local Lions Club members and the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation are working to identify Sandy area grade school students who need eye glasses and hearing aids.

Under an Oregon state mandate that all kindergarten through fifth-grade students be tested for sight and hearing problems, the Lions clubs have been working with the Oregon Trail School District to help local children. Testing began in February at Firwood Elementary School and will finish with Naas Elementary in April.

The Sandy Lions Club, Mt. Hood Lions Club of Welches, the Sight and Hearing Foundation, and high school and parent volunteers have been helping to test the children of Oregon Trail’s elementary schools.

Lions Club Secretary John Taylor said the testing, in its second year, is going well.

“We have more students this year than we did last year,” Taylor said. “And it seems to be really well accepted.”

Parents will be notified if a student needs further testing for eyeglasses or hearing aids. KEX Portland radio station is providing financial support.

Taylor said the testing is a great way to meet the Oregon mandate by involving local organizations such as the Lions Club to help out.

Kelso and Naas elementary schools are the only schools left to participate in the program. Parents wishing to help should contact their school principals. Kimberly Brooks of Naas can be reached at 503-668-4454, ext. 5302, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Katie Schweitzer of Kelso can be reached at 503-668-8020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .