Danville Express

Living - February 23, 2007

Of note

Screening young eyes and ears

Assistance League of Diablo Valley held Foresight Screening at Danville Montessori, Bianchi and Autumn Creek Academy preschools last month. Foresight, one of the League's 10 philanthropic projects, provides vision and hearing screening for children in Danville, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, and Pleasant Hill preschools. Project members are trained and certified by Prevent Blindness of Northern California and Child Health and Disability Prevention, a division of Children's Medical Services of California.

The primary purpose of screening vision at this young age is to detect amblyopia or "lazy eye," a condition in which a child becomes used to seeing with only one eye due to a vision problem with the other. Unless detected and treated early, vision in the unused eye may fail to develop normally. Similarly, a child may not realize that he/she does not hear properly; undetected hearing loss significantly hinders proper speech development as well as all aspects of learning.

In 2006, Foresight saved the vision of preschool children by identifying five new cases of amblyopia. For more information, call 934-0901 and ask for Jill Root, Foresight Chairman. Or visit diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.

Kudos for Science Alliance founder

Jonathan Wu, a senior at Monte Vista High School, was recognized as a California distinguished finalist at the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards last week, which honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. This nationwide program, now in its 12th year, is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Wu was honored for organizing the Science Alliance, a districtwide elementary-school science program that teams fifth-graders with high school honor student mentors to work on advanced science projects. Wu recruits and trains student volunteers, develops schedules, creates projects, raises funds for supplies, and coordinates a year-end science fair for the participants.

The top two student volunteers chosen were Paul Tran, 14, of San Diego, and Aily Zhang, 14, of Castro Valley. They will go on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for further recognition with students from across the nation.

Best in kitchen solving

Danville's Andrea Burton, owner of Kitchen Solvers of the Valley, has received three awards for her stellar sales and outstanding business practices in 2006. She was named one of the company's top-10 producers at its convention held recently in Illinois.

"I take a lot of pride in my work, and it's a nice 'pat on the back' to be recognized for the effort," Burton said.

Kitchen Solvers offers kitchen and bath remodeling services, including cabinet re-facing, custom cabinetry, countertops and kitchen design services.

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