Gardendale Optometrist Sees the Importance of Taking Advantage of the Holiday Season to Improve Literacy

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Dr. Dorrine Goldschmidt, an optometrist and owner of Southern Focus Vision Center, whose offices are located in Gardendale, Alabama, has long been a supporter of literacy and activities which encourage reading.

Dr. Dorrine Goldschmidt

I know that becoming a reader at a young age is very important in building a future for an individual. That is why I contribute to this Literacy Project.

Dr. Dorrine Goldschmidt, an optometrist and owner of Southern Focus Vision Center, whose offices are located in Gardendale, Alabama, has long been a supporter of literacy and activities which encourage reading. One activity she has recently adopted as a means of encouraging literacy is the USMC holiday program, Toys for Tots.

Long known for its humanitarian purpose to provide Holiday gifts for underprivileged youth, an equally important goal for Toys for Tots is to provide books as part of its literacy program. Oftentimes, the books received will be the only books in that home. Goldschmidt stated, “I work with Galaxy Press to bring good reading materials to our youth through the Toys for Tots Program. I know that I'm creating a bright future for them and for everyone by doing so!"

She continued, “I know that becoming a reader at a young age is very important in building a future for an individual. That is why I contribute to this Literacy Project.”

The books she particularly prefers to give are Stories from the Golden Age, a line of adventure, mystery, science fiction, fantasy and western stories written by L. Ron Hubbard during the 1930s and 40s. Providing high interest books, loaded with action and which have a moralistic undertone—where it is important to do the right thing, is important she feels. Again in her own words, “I make sure that in addition to delivering service to my patients and helping them with their eye care, I take actions to put good reading materials into my community and beyond.”

Dr. Goldschmidt earlier sent editions of Stories from the Golden Age into middle schools and high schools throughout Alabama. She saw the value of such activities when one of the students in her own city of Gardendale wrote, “I loved it. My message to the publisher is that I would like them to keep these coming. They are awesome!”

For more information on Golden Age Stories, go to http://www.GoldenAgestories.com.

For more information about Southern Focus Vision Center, go to http://www.SouthernFocusVision.com or call (205) 631-7700.

Dr Goldschmidt graduated from the University of Alabama School of Optometry in 1992. She has been caring for patients in the Gardendale area for 17 years. She is a member of the Alabama Optometric Association and the American Optometric Society. Her personal interests include doing whatever is possible to help the young people in our community become educated responsible individuals. Her mission and vision for Southern Focus is to provide a professional and caring environment for our community to receive the very best in eyecare.

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