Monroe County Children’s Vision Center Executive Director LuEllen Childress accepts a $2,000 grant from North Monroe County Community Fund board member Dr. Len Pinkley. Pictured from left, are vision center board members Larry Knox, Scott Cantrell, Shelly Collums, Dr. Danny Gottlieb, Childress, Pinkley and other NMCCF board members, Dottie Haney and Deborah Rogers.

AMORY – Members of the North Monroe County Community Fund (NMCCF) Board of Directors met June 7 to present a $2,000 check to LuEllen Childress, executive director of the Monroe County Children’s Vision Center (MCCVC).

According to NMCCF board member Dr. Len Pinkley, the funds will be used for vision screenings at Smithville Elementary School. The screenings were scheduled to begin last year, but problems with liability insurance caused a delay.

“I’m grateful for the funds that will finish paying for the three-month rental of equipment to screen for visual disorders,” Childress said. “The program will launch at the beginning of the fall semester at Smithville Elementary School.”

According to Childress, MCCVC is a 501©3 research-based corporation with a mission to help any child in Monroe County from birth to 18 years who has a disorder dealing with vision or visual processing.

MCCVC’s beginning dates back to 2010 when founding director Dr. David Demari came to Monroe County with a team from Southern College of Optometry to conduct part of a study looking for symptoms of dyslexia in elementary school children.

The North Monroe County Community Fund dates back to 2007.

“We are one of 17 affiliates of the CREATE Foundation, and grants to date have totaled around $20,000,” Pinkley said.

For more information about MCCVC, visit or call 436-0182.

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