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On One of Her Last Assignments as Miss America 2022, Emma Broyles Travels to Rural Alaska to Provide Prescription Eyewear to Kids in Need, in Partnership With GlassesUSA.com

Alaskan Native Emma Broyles Partnered with GlassesUSA.com, the leading online eyewear retailer in the United States, to provide free prescription eyewear to children in one of the most remote villages in America.

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Alaskan Native Emma Broyles Partnered with GlassesUSA.com, the leading online eyewear retailer in the United States, to provide free prescription eyewear to children in one of the most remote villages in America.

NEW YORK (Newswire.com) – Leading online optical retailer GlassesUSA.com partnered with The Miss America Organization and National School Boards Association, the advocate for public education in America, to provide free prescription eyeglasses to children. The program rolled out in Saint Mary’s, Alaska, one of the most remote locations in the country—where the entire community lives below the poverty line. In Saint Mary’s, access to eye care is challenging, including everything from seeing an eye doctor and the ability to purchase prescription glasses, as neither are available in Saint Mary’s. When community members do require seeing an eye doctor to obtain their prescription to purchase new glasses, they must travel by plane for an appointment, which can prove very challenging. To address this problem, GlassesUSA.com organized free vision screenings for the community and provided free eyewear to kids and staff.

“Prescription eyewear is an essential for children that require vision correction, and new glasses are out of reach for many kids in America due to high costs or limited accessibility. Additionally, many regular check-ups and eye exams were postponed during the pandemic, leading to more children with undiagnosed vision problems, especially in rural areas, like Saint Mary’s, Alaska,” said Arie Tom, GlassesUSA.com’s CMO. 

“Ensuring a high-quality education for each student requires a variety of support and resources,” said NSBA Executive Director and CEO Dr. John Heim. “For students in rural areas, including our most remote cities, educational challenges may include limited broadband access and hard-to-find medical, dental, and vision care—necessities that some of us may take for granted. That’s why NSBA was delighted to partner with GlassesUSA.com to ensure that students in Saint Mary’s, Alaska, received the vision screening and eyewear necessary for their future success—both in school and in life.”

To address these challenges, fellow glasses wearer Miss America 2022 and Miss Alaska 2021 Emma Broyles and Miss Alaska 2022 Jessica Reisinger were in attendance at St. Mary’s School to help the children at Saint Mary’s school pick out their brand-new GlassesUSA.com frames. 

“As a glasses wearer myself, I understand all too well the importance of finding the perfect pair of eyeglasses. It was an honor to work with GlassesUSA.com to have the opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives by setting them up to excel, by helping them find the perfect pair of prescription eyewear.” – Emma Broyles, Miss America 2022.  

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“GlassesUSA.com is excited to launch this program to help bridge these gaps, and provide kids in need with access to eye care to ensure they have the proper tools to fulfill their life potential.” – Arie Tom, GlassesUSA.com CMO. 

About GlassesUSA.com

GlassesUSA.com is the fastest-growing leading online eyewear retailer in the United States, using data and technology to enhance the lives of their customers, providing the perfect pair of glasses to meet each unique style and budget. Offering high-quality designer and private label brands, all designed in-house, GlassesUSA.com is built on the belief that eyewear can and should be made affordable for all. Be it single-vision lenses, progressives, sunglasses, sports glasses, kids’ glasses, contact lenses, blue light lenses, hydrophobic lenses, or Bluetooth glasses, the brands you know and love are waiting for you at GlassesUSA.com.

GlassesUSA.com continues to innovate the industry with tools that further the brand’s mission. A feature-focused company, customers can benefit from their proprietary Prescription Scanner app, Virtual Try-On, and Find Your Frame quiz, the former of which extracts the current prescription for any pair of glasses.

Source: GlassesUSA.com

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TODAY IS NATIONAL GROUNDHOG DAY

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It’s February 2nd and this is the day that Mr./Ms. Groundhog may or may not see his shadow. If he does, could there there be six more weeks of winter?

#GroundhogDay

Groundhog Day (Pennsylvania GermanGrund’sau dåkGrundsaudaagGrundsow DawgMurmeltiertagNova ScotiaDaks Day) is a popular North American tradition observed in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den, and winter will go on for six more weeks; if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.

While the tradition remains popular in the 21st century, studies have found no consistent association between a groundhog seeing its shadow and the subsequent arrival time of spring-like weather.

The weather lore was brought from German-speaking areas where the badger (German: Dachs) is the forecasting animal. This appears to be an enhanced version of the lore that clear weather on the Christian festival of Candlemas forebodes a prolonged winter.

The Groundhog Day ceremony held at Punxsutawney in western Pennsylvania, centering on a semi-mythical groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, has become the most frequently attended ceremony. Grundsow Lodges in Pennsylvania Dutch Country in the southeastern part of the state observe the occasion as well. Other cities in the United States and Canada also have adopted the event. (wikipedia)

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Black History Month

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Black History Month

(wikipedia) Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States[5] and Canada,[6] while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.

Black History is not just a month long observance in February, but a continual look at African-American contributions to this country.

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Splash Mountain at Disneyland is Closing… What’s next?

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As Splash Mountain closes, it will undergo a transformation into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a whimsical attraction inspired by The Princess and the Frog.

Splash Mountain at Disneyland By Cd637 at English Wikipedia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58648866

Splash Mountain is a log ride at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. It was formerly located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom before closing in January 2023. The ride is based on the animated sequences of the 1946 Disney film Song of the South. Although there are variations in the story and features between the two locations, each installation begins with a peaceful outdoor float-through that leads to indoor dark ride segments, with a climactic steep drop into a “briar patch” followed by an indoor finale. The drop is 52.5 feet.

In June 2020, it was announced that the U.S. versions of the ride would be receiving a new theme based on Disney‘s 2009 film The Princess and the Frog. The new ride, which will be titled Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, is scheduled to open at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in late 2024. The Magic Kingdom version of Splash Mountain closed on January 23, 2023. The closing date for the Disneyland version has yet to be announced. (wikipedia)

Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splash_Mountain

https://ktla.com/news/california/when-will-disneylands-splash-mountain-close-for-good-theme-park-bloggers-weigh-in/

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disneyland/splash-mountain/

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