Linda Augustine's fifth grade Harborview Elementary School 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 at noon on Monday Oct. 13. District-wide, Juneau students collected more than 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."
Augustine 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 a variety of places in the Juneau area including Alaska Vision Center, Glacier Optical/Tongass Regional Eye Clinic, Lifetime EyeCare, Specs in the City and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (with Shannon Farr). They can also give the glasses to any Juneau-area Lions Club member, such as 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.