Lions Club Plans October Fundraising Walk to Provide Pasadena ISD Children with Eyeglasses

Feet will do all the work at the Pasadena Lions Club’s 20th Annual Walk For Sight Fundraiser on October 22, but potentially hundreds of pairs of eyes will be the beneficiaries.

Online registrations are underway at until the day of the two-hour event, which kicks off at 8 a.m. at the perimeter of Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2906 Dadney Drive, Pasadena. The funds raised will be used to buy reading glasses to offer to young people.

“They will walk as many times as they can during this time or until they are tired,” Pasadena ISD health and wellness coordinator Amanda Macneish said of the walkers.

“Pam Tevis, who started 20 years ago, is going to be there to start the march.”

No on-site registration will be available during the event.

As of September 15, $6,691, or 13%, of the $50,000 goal had been met. Individuals can either participate in the walk or donate to a team.

Southmore Middle School led the way with $765 raised, followed by San Jacinto Middle School with $510, Pasadena Memorial High School with $460 and Frazier Elementary School with $400.

Participants must register by October 3 to guarantee a t-shirt. The shirts will then be delivered to the various campuses the week of October 17.

What: 20th Annual Pasadena Lions Club Walk for Sight

When: 8am-10am Saturday October 22

Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2906 Dadney Drive, Pasadena

How to participate/donate:

In addition to providing eyewear for students, the event provides professional memberships for school nurses and physical education teachers and supports mini-grants for teachers and a wellness excellence award.

There are plenty of incentives for college students to fundraise for the cause long before they tie their shoes up. Those who raise $100 or more will be entered into a draw for special prizes. Those who raise $25 to $99.99 will receive a Savannah’s Bakery Cookie gift card, t-shirt or bottle of water.

Something new will be on the way.

“We’re adding big inflatable obstacles around the course so kids can stop and play on the obstacles while continuing their tricks,” Macneish said.

“All obstacle courses will be held by volunteers from local high schools,” she said. “These high school kids probably went on a March for Sight when they were little. So that’s going to come full circle.”

Also, as Houston hosts the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament next March, the March for Sight will be kicking things off locally for it.

“This year, it also serves as the kickoff for the ‘NCAA Read to the Final 4 Challenge.’ of November,” Macneish said. “There were 11 school districts (in the Houston area) that were invited to participate, and they almost like a tournament of schools based on how many minutes they read. It works like the Sweet 16 and all along to the Final Four. Then we’ll see which school has read the most minutes.

39,000 students are expected to “compete” for minutes read during a five-week reading season that ends in December. It will concern 391 schools. When Houston last hosted the Final Four in 2016, an HISD school took home reading honors.

Charles P. Patton