Posted: Friday, October 26th 2012 at 10:11am
White County schools getting dental assistance program
By Dean Dyer/WRWH
CLEVELAND - White County Children in need of dental care will be able to get some help in that area following a vote Thursday night by the White County Board of Education.
The school system will assist in identifying children needing the service.
Jena Payne, Practice Administrator at Cleveland Family Dental Center in Cleveland, presented a plan called Give Kids a Smile. It's a free service provided by the dental center. Payne said they have worked on similar projects in other countries and wanted to help children locally.
School system nurses will help in pre-screening children. School Nurse Felicia Thomas said it’s something that is needed.
"We have so many that are the children of the working poor, they’ve never had any dental care and it directly impacts their school attendance and school work," Thomas said.
The parents of the target children will be notified about the free service and be instructed on how to take advantage of it.
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