Helping kids envision the future: Learn4Life

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Kids don’t need X-ray vision to be super heroes. But an unprecedented partnership is providing an essential tool – glasses – to improve reading proficiency at a crucial time in the lives of metro Atlanta students.

Learn4Life launched in 2017 with a clear focus on scaling proven ideas to achieve better education outcomes. The work began by focusing on six key indicators related to areas such as reading, math and graduation rates. The leadership of eight metro Atlanta school districts, along with dozens of business, community and nonprofit organizations form this incredible super squad.

This team of powerful partners is banding together to build an education agenda to lift the Atlanta region. Learn4Life has identified common goals and shared benchmarks to improve outcomes for 600,000 students.

When data showed that only 39 percent of metro Atlanta third-graders were proficient in reading, the group identified several strategies to help, including Vision To Learn, a mobile vision lab that provides students free exams and glasses during the school day. Research shows that correcting vision issues is an important step to improve early grade literacy.

Learning to read can improve students’ grades and self-worth. This collaboration would make Clark Kent – and his alter-ego Superman –proud. Learn more at

IMPACT: 6,816 kids received vision screenings and over 400 free pairs of glasses were distributed in 2017. Thousands more screenings and distributions are scheduled for 2018.

This story was originally shared in our 2017 Annual Report. To read the full report, click here.