Cassville Schools receives $7,500 donation

Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Cassville School District officials receive a check for $7,500 from representatives of the Arvest Foundation. From left: Jeremy Marple, Arvest Board member; Merlyn Johnson, Cassville superintendent; Bobbi Blankenship, school nurse; Thalia Lewallen and Jeff Neil, with Arvest Bank. Contributed photo

District to purchase vision screening device with Arvest funds

Nurses in the Cassville School District plan to use $6,000 from the Arvest Foundation’s recent donation of $7,500 to purchase a portable device that will allow them to complete a vision scan for every child.

With the device, the vision screening will be able to detect nearsightedness; farsightedness; astigmatism; amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye;” anisometropia, a condition where one eye sees clearly and one is blurred; anisocoria, a condition where the pupils are unequal; and misalignment, where an eye turns in or out.

"This is one of the most beneficial opportunities for every student in the Cassville School District to have for early detection of eye health that will be instrumental in the learning process," said Bobbi Blankenship, school district nurse.

The remaining $1,500 of the donation from the Arvest Foundation is being used to purchase math curriculum for the special education department.

The primary purpose of the Arvest Foundation is to support local organizations doing outstanding work to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.