#30 Salem Boys & Girls Club
August 26, 2013 by Mary Daly

Our final summer visit took the Tooth Taxi to Salem to the Boys & Girls Club.  The dental clinic at the Club provides regular dental work for local students. But, there was still plenty of demand for Tooth Taxi services, focusing on students with pain and abscessed teeth. Becca Jordan, an ODS/Moda Health employee and experienced dental assistant was an immense help this week while our staff assistant Catherine was out.

It is a treat to park next to the club gardens and see what vegetables are ready for harvesting (black tomatoes this year!) Salem Boys & Girls Club, health and dental services director, Jodi Loper, provided lunches for the Tooth Taxi staff. We thoroughly enjoyed the assortment of choices on the local lunch menu, including some produce from Jodi's own garden.  Thank you Jodi!  Jodi also held the 3rd annual chalk art contest about oral health; kids provided colorful and educational drawings about oral hygiene and healthy choices.

This club has a serious cycling program, a great way to introduce the kids to cycling, fresh air and healthy exercise.  They have weekly rides and a very committed following.  Pedal on!

Former Tooth Taxi dentist, Dr. Jennifer McLeod
Former volunteer assistant, Kristin Holen

Scout, the English Springer Spaniel Jessica Timberlake RDH, recent grad of the ODS Hygiene School in La Grande.
Katelynn Schmidt, a 6th grade student from Aumsville; she painted a portrait for the Tooth Taxi.  The Tooth Taxi visited Aumsville in 2009, 2012 & 2013.

Other notes:
75% of students screened needed treatment
25% needed no treatment.

Salem, Salem Boys & Girls Club, Aug. 26-30, 2013
•  40 students screened
•  0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom (not offered)
•  24 appointments in the van
•  $12,111 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – August 30, 2013
•  13,826 students screened
•  13,457 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  6,684 students treated in the van
•  $3,789,561 value of free dental services provided

#1 De Paul Alternative High School
#2 Veneta
#3 Aloha-Reedsville Elementary
#4 Helensview Alternative High School
#6 Springfield Riverbend Elementary
#7 Woodburn and the Capitol Dental Day
#8 Seaside Broadway Middle School & Seaside High School
#9 Portland Rigler Elementary
#10 East Sutherlin Primary
#11 South Umpqua High School
#12 Portland's DePaul Alternative High School
#13 Newberg's Edwards Elementary
#14 Metolius Elementary
#15 Portland, Sitton Elementary
#16 Portland, Earl Boyles Elementary
#17 Gervais, Gervais Elementary
#18 & #19 Hillsboro Migrant Programs
#20 Friends of the Children
#21 Molalla Elementary
#22 De Paul Alternative High School
#23 Salem Boys and Girls Club
#24 & 25 S. Umpqua High & Tri County Elementary
#26 Aumsville Elementary
#27 Estacada SBHC
#28 & #29 Oregon Coast
#30 Reynolds High School
#31 & #32 Klammath Falls

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