See to Succeed events assist 3,429 school children

12.12.2016 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

PASADENA, Texas – Hundreds of eye care professionals volunteered for two See to Succeed events this fall to help 3,429 school children obtain free eye exams and glasses.

The first See to Succeed event was held at the West End Health Center in the Heights, and the second event was held at San Jacinto College. Partnering schools transported students, who were found to need additional eye examinations, to the locations where volunteers conducted tests to determine if students needed eye glasses or further medical care.

The West End Health Center location saw students from 72 schools; 1,932 students received eye glasses; and 366 received medical referrals. At San Jacinto College, 59 schools participated; 1,350 students received eye glasses; and 169 were found to need medical referrals.

“This is our seventh year to participate in See to Succeed, and the impact continues to grow,” said Debra Clarke, program director of the San Jacinto College eye care technology. “These children’s lives are dramatically changed when they receive the vital eye care they need to not only help their education at school but for their lives. For our college students, the See to Succeed program is definitely a highlight event for them to witness the positive impacts they have in the eye care field.”

See to Succeed is coordinated through the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, San Jacinto College, the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), Essilor Vision Foundation, Walmart, Berkeley Eye Center, and the Luxottica One Sight Foundation. San Jacinto College serves as a host site for See to Succeed each fall, seeing an average of 400 Pasadena students per day for one week.

For a full photo gallery of the fall 2016 See to Succeed events, visit

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. For more information about San Jacinto College call 281-998-6150, visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.