PUBLISHED: 6:22 PM on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Juneau - Linda Augustine's 5th grade class collected 191 pairs of old and unused glasses by Oct. 8 to win the contest sponsored by the Juneau Lions Club, Mendenhall Flying Lions and the Juneau-Douglas School District. The class celebrated with a pizza party which was held in their classroom at Marie Drake Middle School Oct. 18. District-wide, Juneau students collected over 300 pairs of glasses.
The old and unused eye glasses will be recycled for use in Alaska and in countries throughout the world, according to Joyce Kitka, Community Schools Supervisor and Juneau Lions Club member.
"I want to offer a special thanks to all students and families who helped make this project a success," Kitka said. "This project helps people all over the world."
Mrs. Augustine's voted to take on the eyeglasses recycling project as a class project for the rest of the school year. They will have a Lions eyeglass box in their classroom.
Individuals who have old glasses to recycle can also drop them off at at variety of places in the Juneau area including Alaska Vision Center, Glacier Optical/Tongass Regional Eye Clinic, Lifetime EyeCare, Specs in the City, and SEARHC (Shannon Farr). They can also give the glasses to any Juneau- area Lions Club member [Annette Ulmer, Juneau Lions eyeglasses project
head]. Recycling glasses is a year-round project of the Juneau Lions Club and the Mendenhall Flying Lions Club.