Free glasses program for NYC school kids will expand, mayor says
New York City wants to help more kids see in school — and look good while they’re there. Every kindergartner and first-grader who needs them will get free eyeglasses this year through an expanded partnership with the eyewear firm Warby Parker, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
“These glasses are so stylish that kids will actually want to wear them,” the Democratic mayor said during his annual State of the City address.
The Department of Education first joined forces in 2015 with Warby Parker, which is known for giving a pair of glasses to someone in need for each pair purchased. The mayor’s office said the partnership currently serves over 100,000 students in more than 200 Community Schools, which have additional resources to serve needy kids.