We have had the opportunity to provide funds to 90 schools through our “Smiles for Schools” program that launched in January of this year. We are on pace to reach this year’s goal of giving out over $100,000 in support of schools.
Western Dental’s “Smiles for Schools” sponsorship program pairs more than 200 offices of Western Dental & Orthodontics, and its affiliates Brident Dental & Orthodontics and Smile Wide, with neighboring intermediate and high schools.
“Smiles for Schools helps support good oral health habits at an early age,” said Dr. John Luther, Chief Dental Officer. “Western Dental is committed to partnering with schools to share our expertise regarding dental health, which is so important for young people to grasp.”
Schools from across California, Texas and Arizona have signed up for the program, including Casa Grande Union High School and the Roskruge Bilingual Magnet K-8 School in Tucson, Arizona.
“Roskruge Bilingual Magnet and its 700 students greatly appreciate the contribution from Western Dental,” said Roskruge Principal Jose Olivas. “The funds will go toward our 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC), which is an afterschool program that offers academic intervention and enrichment activities that supplement our school day program. In addition, educational services are offered to family members of students participating in the program.”
“Smiles for Schools” funding, which is just one component of the program, is used by each school at their discretion. In addition, Western Dental will provide support at school events, sharing oral health information with students and their parents as part of an ongoing partnership with each school.
“We have found schools to be very receptive to our outreach, and creative in the ways they invite us to partner,” said Josh Marder, Chief Marketing Officer of Western Dental and its affiliates. “We are really enjoying this opportunity to support local education and school activities while providing essential oral health information to children, teens, and their families.”