Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tom's World Sight Day - October 8, 2015

You may remember last Spring my troop was selected to participate in Tom's One Day Without Shoes. Tom's has another opportunity for Girl Scout troops to become involved this Fall. 

Tom's World Sight Day is to raise awareness for World Sight Day on October 8th, 2015! Troops help raise awareness about the global issue of visual impairment.

Tom's has a complete toolkit full of ideas, templates, and ways to be involved. The best part is, your troop could be selected to receive a toolkit from Tom's, which will be mailed to you prior to the event. The one for One Day Without Shoes contained t-shirts, stickers, tattoos, posters, signs, etc. It was pretty incredible!! Plus, each troop that registers and then follows through with the requirements (have the event, take photos, get quotes from the girls about it), will receive patches for the girls! I was in the middle of moving when patches were mailed and the Tom's rep was fantastic to work with. She made sure everything went smoothly and the patches were not lost. 

Tom's provides a list of activities to help you plan your event. of course, you could come up with your own, but these are some really great and "doable" activities!

  1. Have a meeting discussing and sharing facts & figures about visual impairment issues. Use our World Sight Day Stories & Videos list for clips from the TOMS YouTube Channel and stories on the TOMS Blog. 
  2. Educate your troop on the importance of eye care (i.e. wearing corrective lenses/sunglasses, regular check-ups with your optometrist, read in a well-lit area, take breaks from the computer/TV screens, nutrition for your eyes, keep eyes hydrated, etc.). 
  3. Check out books at the library or bookstore about the importance of eyesight. Use our Great Sight Reads document for some suggested readings! 
  4. Learn or teach Braille – a tactile writing system used by the blind and the visually impaired. 
  5. Do some arts & crafts: Glam Your Classes, DIY Cataract Challenge, Eye Chart Crafting, Street Stencils (you can find these in our World Sight Day Toolkit)! 
  6. Try activities in the dark or with your eyes closed (i.e. make a paper airplane, put your shoes on and tie your shoelaces, unpack and pack your bag, etc.) 
  7. Play guessing games where you use your other senses – close your eyes and taste diff erent foods to see if you can guess what they are, or put fun items into a box (i.e. feathers, cotton balls, etc.) and reach in without looking and see if you can guess the items. 
  8. Take a field trip to a local optometry office, Contact them ahead of time to inquire about eye screening opportunities. 
  9. Make a list of what you are grateful to be able to see and how you would feel if you weren’t able to see these things. 
  10. Make arrangements to volunteer at a local nursing home or after-school program and read to groups who may not be able to. 
Find out more here: In order to be considered for one of the physical toolkits, you must register before September 24, 2015. 

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