Middle Schoolers Collaborate on Sculpture for Combat Blindness Foundation
Two art classes at Kromrey Middle School are collaborating on a sculpture that will be the centerpiece of the CBF 25th anniversary celebration on November 4 from 6-8pm at the Madison Marriott. Each student is creating art work out of a cardboard box in any art medium they choose, from paint to mosaic to wire art.
"The students are excited because the project fits the school district's education emphasis of a global community," said Chris Forcier, Kromrey Middle School art teacher who organized the project with fellow teacher Vicki Wilson. "When we assemble the sculpture, the students will participate in an exercise that will give them insights into the experiences of the blind and those who interact with them."
"The children are learning that the work of the Combat Blindness Foundation is just one example of how their skills and the skills of their neighbors can affect the global community," said Dr. Chandra. "By incorporating into their art work the photos of those who have been helped by the foundation over the last 25 years, they can see the personal impact of working in a global community."
The goal of Combat Blindness Foundation over the next decade is to create sustainable solutions in eye care with emphasis on disease control, medical facility development and medical personnel development. The goal is not to just treat the individual, but to give the country the tools to helps its people. By creating a solid eye care infrastructure and training a capable work force, CBF's ability to combat the backlog of cataract cases and treat the emerging eye care issues will be enhanced.
Dr. Gullapalli Rao, founder of the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderbad, India, and the former president of both the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and Vision 2020: The Right to Sight, will be the keynote speaker for the Combat Blindness Foundation's 25th anniversary gala. Dr. Rao will discuss efforts to create sustainable solutions in eye care and the long-term impact CBF's partnership will have on alleviating the burden of blindness throughout the world.
For more information on the Combat Blindness Foundation and the UW Health free community eye clinics, go to www.combatblindness.org.
Date Published: 10/01/2009