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Merrimack Valley

March 10, 2013

Andover teen's nonprofit provides eyeglasses for kids


Wisdom said she had such “a hard time seeing far away” that her teacher moved her to a seat at the front of the class. Wisdom was among eight young people who had their eyes checked yesterday at Andover Eye Care.

She said she wants to wear glasses. Her mother, Jasmine Robinson, said it was “pretty nice” that Niko, with the involvement of Andover Eye Care, made it possible for Wisdom to see clearly.

George Meehan found out that his daughter Maggie, 5, a kindergartner at Silver Hill, needed glasses after she took a vision test at the school. After her trip to Andover Eye Care, they’ll be able to pick up Maggie’s new glasses in two weeks.

George Meehan said Niko’s outreach is “fantastic.”

“A lot of kids go through the system and need help but don’t get it,” he said.

Emily Davis, 11, a fifth-grader at Silver Hill, initially didn’t want to wear glasses, but the people at Andover Eye Care assured her that many, many people need spectacles. Her mother, Dorothy Davis, called Eye-See “a most extraordinary thing.”

“My charity is making me happy,” Niko said. He sends out letters and makes phone calls to family members and friends to raise money for this endeavor. To make a donation to Eye-See, visit www.eyeseecharity.com.

Niko said he likes attending school and learning. He’s an A student, according to his mother. He’s an avid skier, runs cross country and track and plays squash and tennis.

He studies Spanish and Latin at Pike School and has begun learning Greek. While Niko was reluctant to say he speaks Spanish fluently, his mother said that during a family trip to Spain, he was speaking the language very well.

Niko said he aspires to be an entrepreneur someday. Without a doubt, he will continue his charitable efforts as well. Niko’s sister Victoria is a sophomore at Phillips Academy.

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