Andrew Yontz is giving the gift of sight -- and Kelsea Freeman is going to be a cover girl.
Yontz, a sophomore at Sandusky High School, said the idea to collect used eyeglasses started one afternoon when talking with his mother, Lisa Laochotzki.
“I was talking with my mom about how I could be more involved in the community,” he said. “She told me Dr. Parschauer was going on a trip to Haiti and was collecting glasses.”
John Parschauer, the ophthalmologist she worked for, planned to give the discarded glasses to underprivileged people in Haiti.
“We thought it was a good idea,” Yontz said. “I went to my guidance counselor and she sent out an announcement around the district.”
Yontz collected 75 pairs of gently used eyeglasses in January.
Next Step Magazine has named Kelsea Freeman, a Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic High School freshman, a “Super Teen.”
Freeman, along with 14 other students from the Great Lakes region, will be featured in and on the cover of the March 2008 issue of Next Step.
According to Next Step, what set Freeman apart from the hundreds of other applications was her involvement with Safe Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter in Sandusky.
The shelter helps those afflicted by domestic violence in Erie, Ottawa and Huron counties, including outreach programs, volunteer opportunities and educational programs.
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