Project Smile Returns to Logan Oct. 19; Area Kids Can Receive Free Dental Care
BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services
CARTERVILLE – As many as 100 area children are expected to turn out next week, Friday, Oct. 19, for the Sixth Annual Project Smile event on the John A. Logan College campus.
Thirty dental assisting students and 38 more dental hygiene students will host this community service project, according to Pam Karns, dental hygiene instructor and Chair for the Department of Allied Health and Public Service.
“We will serve children ages 4 through 18 and our dental students gain valuable experience in implementing one-on-one interaction with the kids,” Karns said. “This event allows them to share learned skills with the community and work together with local professional dentists and hygienists.”
Karns said dental students will help provide cleanings and exams. When needed, x-rays and sealants will be administered.
Children will also be treated to various games when waiting to be examined.
“We promote life learning and hope that our students eventually become healthcare providers in their own communities,” Karns said.
To help promote the community service project, a few dental students worked with JALC employee, Rick Burkett, to produce a video.
Posted: October 10th, 2012 under General.