CLEVELAND, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearle Vision today announced the
official winner of its first-ever $10,000 Education Scholarship. Rosemary
Heerschap of Seattle, a retired high school registrar, won the award after
registering to win at the Pearle Vision store located at the Sea-Tac Mall, in
Federal Way, Washington, a suburb of Seattle.
Individuals were invited to visit participating Pearle Vision stores
nationwide from September 13 through November 14, 1998 to register to win the
scholarship. Rosemary said she will establish individual scholarship funds
for her four grandchildren, ages 13, 11, 9 and 5, and allow the original
$10,000 to grow over the years until they are ready to go to college.
"I am just astounded and so very pleased at having won this scholarship,"
Rosemary said. "When I opened the letter, I almost couldn't believe it, but
then I realized it was real. I've done a lot of business over the years with
Pearle, and it's a wonderful company."
The scholarship was established as part of a larger campaign to draw
attention to children's eyecare. Learning software based on the Emmy Award
winning Newton's Apple public television show was also available in last
fall's retail promotion.
We are delighted to have helped the Heerschap family with this educational
scholarship," said Dr. Stanley C. Pearle, founder of Pearle Vision. "Pearle
will continue to reach out to children, parents and grandparents to emphasize
the importance of receiving excellent quality family eyecare."
About Pearle Vision
Founded in 1961 by Dr. Stanley C. Pearle, Pearle Vision is one of the
nation's leading optical retailers with nearly 800 stores in the U.S., Canada
and Puerto Rico. Pearle Vision is a subsidiary of Cleveland, Ohio-based Cole
National, a $1 billion optical and gift retailer with a combined total of more
than 3,000 retail locations.
Editor Notes on Children's Eyecare
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that all children
receive thorough eye exams at birth, age three and prior to entering
kindergarten. Since vision can change frequently during school years, the AOA
recommends periodic complete vision exams versus screenings that are typically
provided by schools.
Unique signs of vision problems include: inflamed or watery eyes, color
photos that show a white reflection instead of typical or no reflection;
children who blink or rub their eyes excessively; and complaints of
dizziness, headaches or nausea following close-up work.
Proper frame fit for children's glasses should include a temple that is
long enough to fit around the ear; a nose bridge that does not slide down the
nose; plenty of room between the lenses and eye to allow air flow; and,
sturdy spring hinges for durability. Experts also strongly encourage parents
to select lenses made of polycarbonate material, such as Pearle's KidSafe(TM)
lenses, which provide the greatest impact resistance and nearly 100% UV
To arrange an interview with an optometrist in your local area or with Dr.
Stanley Pearle, please contact Steffany J. Carrel at 816-512-9346.
SOURCE Pearle Vision