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POSTED: April 9, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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School social workers, from left, Vanessa Parker, Herman Baker, Yolanda Sharpe and Libby Braun hold the letter and $2,500 check from Tom Joyner.

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School social worker Yolanda Sharpe received a treat last week when Tom Joyner, from the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Radio Show, called her in response to a letter she wrote on behalf of some Liberty County students.
Her letter explained that all of our schools do annual vision testing, but that some students cannot afford eyeglasses if they fail the vision test. Parents are informed that their child did not pass the vision screening, but unfortunately, not all have the means to pay for the doctor's visit to get a prescription and ultimately, a pair of eyeglasses.
Sharpe said she was pained by the realization that these students were suffering.
She decided to write Joyner because she listens to the show every morning and has been touched by the wonderful things the show does for people.  Much to her surprise and excitement, Joyner called her during his morning show two weeks later.  He informed her he was moved by her letter and wanted to help. So the show presented $2,500 to help the students pay for additional vision testing and eyeglasses. "I was so excited I could hardly speak," Sharpe said. "He is such a generous man and this money is going to help so many students who have been suffering because they literally can't see."
March is Social Work Month.

 

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