Students Continue to Receive Free Dental Care Under the Give Kids A Smile Program
- February 16, 2011
After a bout of bad weather the previous week, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) helped kick-off the district-wide Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program on Friday, February 11, with support from community organizations.
Selected first- and second-grade students in need from several schools were able to see local dentists for care free of charge. The services will continue with local dentists donating time and services two additional Fridays, February 18 and 25. Last Friday, Associates in Pediatric Dentistry and Fallin and Fallin Family Dentistry volunteered their services to screen and provide oral hygiene instruction and supplies. Dentists who volunteer for the program may do a general dental check-up, cleaning and/or apply sealants (protective coatings for the outside of the teeth) to children in need.
During a visit last Friday, Villa Del Rey Elementary School students (pictured) played dental “Hokey Pokey” with hygienists (left to right) Lindsey Scott, Dana Bergeron, Amber Harris and Pam Simms at Associates in Pediatric Dentistry and Dudley the Dinosaur.
The Louisiana Dental Association (LDA), the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association, Health Centers in Schools (HCS), the Children’s Coalition of Greater Baton Rouge and EBRPSS teamed up to provide free educational materials and free dental screenings, as well as preventive care, to selected low-income children who do not have access to proper dental care. The effort is part of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) National Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program and also, in part, to acknowledge February as national Children’s Dental Health Month.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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