Eyeglass recycling contest starts today

Posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2008

JUNEAU - The Juneau Lions Club, Mendenhall Flying Lions Club and the Juneau School District will sponsor a contest, starting today through Oct. 8, for students to collect old and unused eye glasses and recycle them for use in countries throughout the world, according to Joyce Kitka, Community Schools supervisor and Juneau Lions Club member.

School classes and groups were invited to register by Sept. 30 and collect glasses Oct. 1-8. Kitka and Juneau Lions Club President Ted Burke said the glasses will be sent, courtesy of Alaska Airlines, to the Lions Alaska recycling center in North Pole. The class or group collecting the most glasses wins a pizza party.

"We invite your classroom or organization to participate in the contest, which dovetails with the International Lions Club World Sight Day, Wednesday, Oct. 9," Kitka said in a message to Juneau School District K-12 teachers. "At the end of the school day on Oct. 8, we will ask you to report your classroom's total collection and a Lions volunteer will pick up them within the week."

"On Thursday, Oct. 9, World Sight Day, the classroom that collected the most recycled eyeglasses will celebrate with a pizza party luncheon," Burke said.

Lions Club International World Sight Day was created to recognize and reinforce the importance of eradicating preventable blindness. International World Sight Day is held annually on the second Thursday of October. Juneau-area Lions Clubs cooperate with local businesses, organizations and eye health care providers who serve as drop-off locations for recycled eyeglasses on a year-round basis. The donated glasses are sent to North Pole, Alaska, where they are processed and prepared for recipients in the United States and countries around the world. Recently, the Alaska State Legislature passed a law (Senate Bill 149) allowing recycled to be used within the state of Alaska.

If you would like to participate in this special Lions World Sight Day event, contact Lion Joyce Kitka at 780-2073 or kitkaj@jsd.k12.ak.us, or Lion Shannon Farr at 463-6686 or sfarr@searhc.org.

"We serve - that's the International Lions motto," Burke said. "We welcome volunteers and new potential Lions Club members to help us with this and many other great projects." For information, e-mail lions@goldmedalbasketball.org.

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