2011-03-11 / School News

Dental Van Comes To Rockaway

The NYU College of Dentistry Smiling Faces, Going Places Van has revisited Rockaway Beach through a grant provided by Assemblywoman Michele Titus. The dentists and interns involved in this community outreach have provided annual dental care for pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students at PS/MS 183Q.

Under the supervision of Constance Turner, program director, this NYU dental staff provides examinations and professional care for students who have applied for their care for the month of February 2011. Thus far, they have brought more smiles and joy to their patients than most dentists. Out of the 650 students, they have seen an average of 10-15 students each day they arrive at the school. They service on a first come, first served basis with the assistance of several important parties. The parties involve Jackie Stillwell, parent coordinator for the school, Donald Holmes, escort and driver for the van, and volunteers from the school, Sharnetha Robeson, Della Jackson, Nancy Rodriguez, and Sharon Decouite,

The school volunteers are essential to the proficiency of this project as they are familiar to the students and help in making the dental visit pleasurable and an enjoyable adventure. NYU also provides gift bags for the children they see and have helped in eliminating any fears a child may have about dental work.

On March 17 Jessica Romero, assistant principal of PS/MS 183Q, on behalf of the principal of PS/MS 183Q, Renee Peart-Zachary, presented NYU College of Dentistry’s Constance Turner, director of the program, and Donald Holmes with awards for their continuous support for the school. All in the school appreciate dentistry whose motto is “Smiling Faces, Going Places” for children of all ages.

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