The mission of every Lions Club is “We Serve”.  And so they do; in numerous ways.  Please read the stories below and come back often to read about the latest Club service projects.

The Laveen Lions Club donates classroom supplies every year to local schools in support of students and teachers. Thanks to all the volunteers that came out this morning to organize supplies.

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The South Tucson Lions Vision Screening Team completed the Lionistic Year by screening 22,500 children. We screened in public schools, charter schools, private schools, preschools and in homes. Our eight, State Certified volunteer screeners, which included our President, 1stVP and 2ndVP, completed this task with almost 2,000 hours of service. Our goal for next year is 30,000 children, of which we have already signed up 24,000.

We recently signed an agreement with the Tucson Catholic Diocese to screen all of their 7,000 children, this is in addition to a similar agreement we have with the Sunnyside Unified School District. Our NASN program at SUSD and Flowing Wells Unified provided almost 200 children exams and glasses. We were recognized as a Tucson Community Partner by Tucson Unified School District, received recognition from Sunnyside Unified and received a Ben’s Bells Award, in addition to several mentions in the press and on TV. WE SERVE

We are always looking for volunteers, partners and clients, so check us out at our Facebook page at STLCWESERVE

Five students in first through fifth grade from Coronado K-8 School, 3401 E. Wilds Road, received bicycles and helmets at the end of the school year for their accomplishments in the Achieve Program. The Lions Club of Catalina/Oro Valley sponsored the giveaway.  The Achieve Program offers before and after-school classes such as reading and math core classes, homework help, and enrichment activities. This program served a total of 117 elementary students this year who participated for 30 or more days. It is funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant which is supervised by two teachers at Coronado, Nancy Casagrande and Suzan Brown. Thirty other teachers assisted with teaching these classes before and after school. Class sizes were small with 8-12 students per teacher. Nameswere drawn from each grade level for students who participated in the program.  The students who won the bikes were the following:

1st grade—Ezequiel Gonzales
2nd grade—Amelianna Rodriguez
3rd grade—Cole Newton
4th grade__ Izaac Gonzalez
5th grade__ Anthony Skerl

Pictured from left to right in the front row are Cole Newton, Izaac Gonzalez, and Ezequiel Gonzalez. In the back row is Ray Harrison, Catalina/ Oro Valley Lions Club President.

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