Mountain Top fundraiser provides 1,400 blue light glasses to Summit elementary students |

Mountain Top fundraiser provides 1,400 blue light glasses to Summit elementary students

Breckenridge Elementary School students wear their new blue light glasses Tuesday, April 13. The glasses will be provided to all district elementary students thanks to a fundraising partnership with Mountain Top Children's Museum in Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge Elementary School students on Tuesday were the first of 1,400 Summit School District students to receive blue light glasses thanks to Mountain Top Children’s Museum.

Mountain Top raised $3,600 for the glasses, which will be given out in the coming days to all elementary students in the district. Blue light glasses can help to reduce headaches, tiredness and other visual symptoms from extended time looking at computer screens.

Mountain Top Executive Director Tiernan Spencer said she came up with the idea earlier in the school year out of a desire to help students who were struggling at home with Zoom meetings.

“We had Zoom after Zoom, and I found a little second grader crying in the bathroom,” Spencer said. “He said, ‘I can’t do another Zoom meeting anymore.’ I kind of wanted to make sure the kids could feel like superheroes again, to feel like they could get through their next meeting. So I started this, and then I had all of these donors that wanted to jump in.”

Spencer quickly received 18 donations totaling $3,600 and informed the district — for which Mountain Top is a “collaborative program provider” — about the idea.

“It’s just not a typical year,” Breckenridge Elementary Principal Khristian Brace said. “We’re trying to be cognizant of how much kids are on-screen and how much screen time they have.”

Though many students across the district are in quarantine due to contact tracing, elementary students attend in-person classes four days a week. On Wednesdays, a day designated for cleaning and sanitizing school buildings, students Zoom with teachers from home.

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