Club President Mike Schwartzstein (R) thanks Sargeant Kim Leavy and Lieutenant Brendan Cahill for their very informative presentation on the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office SAFE PLACE PROGRAM.
The SAFE PLACE PROGRAM is a law enforcement-sponsored concept that enhances public education regarding the reporting of bias incidents and hate crimes. The program is an active collaboration between the police, business, social organizations and schools, designed to assist in making communities a safer place to live. Any individual who sees the SAFE PLACE logo will know that business, organization, or location will provide a safe place for someone to call 911 for assistance, should they feel unsafe.
This program is for All bias incidents or hate crimes targeting an individual for reasons that can include, but are not limited to: race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, national origin, or ethnicity.
Individuals requiring assistance will be treated with care, dignity, and respect from participating businesses, organizations, schools, and from responding police departments. MCPO SAFE PLACE is not designed for residential use.
Eatontown Memorial Student is 10,000th Child to Benefit from Free Vision Screening by New Jersey’s Eatontown Lions Club
The Eatontown Lions Club began its sixth year of vision screening with a bang on Thursday, September 14, 2023. As a result of partnering with the Eatontown and Ocean Township School Districts the Lions club provided the 10,000th free vision screening.
On Thursday in recognition as the 10,000th screening recipient, Ashton Vassor, an eighth-grade student at Eatontown’s Memorial School, was given a citation and gift card from the Lions Club. Ashton has been screened annually by the Lions since second grade.
Also given a Lions Club Certificate was Memorial School Nurse Lucy Craig, one of the first Eatontown School District nurses to collaborate with the Lions when vision screening began in 2017. She was Ashton’s school nurse at Meadowbrook School when his vision was first screened.
Working in conjunction with school nurses, vision screenings are done annually by the Eatontown Lions in September and October for students in Pre-K through 8th grade.
“We really appreciate your help as well as the support of the Lions. Your work and partnership with us make a difference. The vision screening process as well as the resources the Lions provide to our students if a vision problem is discovered help our students to be in a better position to learn and succeed. Thank you.” said Scott T. McCue, Superintendent Eatontown Public Schools
More than 12 million school-age children in the United States have some form of vision problem. Many vision problems run the risk of becoming permanent if not corrected by the time the eye reaches full maturity. Vision also plays an important role in education. According to educational experts, 80 percent of learning is visual.
“Early screening leads to early detection, which helps ensure that children get the follow-up care they need,” said Club President Linda Butler. “We want to make sure that cor