Glasses give kids new vision in the classroom

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Green Magnet Academy students aren't sure what the future holds, nor can they see what tomorrow will bring, but what they can see is a new and improved look at their education.

"I feel excited because it's going to be my first time getting glasses in a while," said Trey Bingham, student at Green Magnet Academy.

Bingham is one of 35 students at the school to get a new pair of eyes. Before then, Bingham said he was having trouble seeing what was right in front of him.

"When I am reading chapter books, it's hard because the words are small, and I have to strain my eyes so I can see," said Bingham.

Bingham's classmate, Selvin Tomas-Pascual, took home his second pair of frames. He calls them something most kids would steer clear from.

"Nerdy ones," said Tomas-Pascual. "I'm kind of a nerd," he added.

The school partnered with Lions Club International and downtown Knoxville's St. John's Cathedral to test the students' eyes and then give them a pair of glasses for free.

That's something educators said is a blessing many of the kids' parents didn't see coming.

"They are especially grateful because a lot of our parents may not have had the access, in terms of transportation, to go to doctors' offices to get their students screened," said Quineka Moten of Green Magnet Academy.

Some students said their new spectacles will help them get good grades in math. Ultimately, they said when they see better, they'll do better.

"It's helping me focus, and it won't be blurry," said Brooklyn Bullard, a student at Green Magnet Academy.