Childhood vision issues significantly impact learning, with approximately 1 in 4 school-age children in the U.S. having some form of vision problem*. Malaki, a student at Dodgertown Elementary School, A Community Partnership School, was one of these children.

Malaki faced a silent challenge in class, unable to articulate his vision difficulties. His teacher, attuned to his struggles, noticed his changed posture and difficulty with board work. She knew she had to help Malaki, so she reached out to the Community Partnership School Director and Wellness Coordinator who immediately referred Malaki for vision screening. The Wellness Coordinator was even able to provide transportation for Malaki to attend his appointment, lifting the burden from his working mom.

two young boys stand with a man in scrubs in a doctor's office

Malaki received the crucial vision care he needed, eliminating a significant barrier to his education. Malaki’s experience highlights the Community Partnership School’s dedication to empowering students to reach for success. By supporting families and removing obstacles like transportation issues, the Community Partnership Schools™ model ensures that every child, like Malaki, has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Dodgertown Elementary, A Community Partnership School is a partnership among Children’s Home Society of Florida, Indian River State College, the School District of Indian River County and Treasure Coast Community Health. For more information, visit


*Source: American Optometric Association