#32 La Grande
October 7, 2013 by Mary Daly

The Tooth Taxi made its first trip to La Grande serving students at Greenwood Elementary School.  A very busy week with volunteers and visitors from the community who helped provide care for the students.  Coming from the west side of the state we expect sunshine in Eastern Oregon…but, after a beautiful drive east we had rain.  The gift?  A spectacular rainbow arching over the Tooth Taxi. 

We welcomed Becca Jordan to the Tooth Taxi team as our newest assistant.  Becca came from ODS/Moda Health and is excited to be making a difference by helping kids. 

We received this lovely note from a parent whose children were treated by Dr. Mayes and Marie Wourms:
To the wonderful staff,
Today both my children benefited from your foundation.  I cannot think of how to begin to thank you.  A huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! 
I'm sure you've heard before how stressful and embarrassing it is to not be able to get your children the care they need.  People like you are an answer to peoples prayers, may God bless you all for all you've done for others.  I wish I knew how to tell you exactly how much you've helped us, but again, all I can say is thank you.
Amanda Hanson

Dr. Bruce Richardson
Dr. Loc Vuu
Dr. James McMahan
Dr. Eli Mayes,
Dr. Pat Nearing, DFO board member
Marie Wourms, RDH
Sammy Caldwell, EFDA
Alyssa Yundt
From the hygiene school:
Instructor Julie White RDH and students who worked the portable unit in the school
Stephanie Guenther
Sarah Beck
Sierra Ridley

Principal Brett Baxter
Yvonne Carroll-District Nurse for Elgin and Imbler.  Yvonne has requested a Tooth Taxi visit for those communities
Scott Nearing-Dr. Pat Nearing's son
Dr. Lynn Harris-Executive Director, ODS Dental Hygiene School

The Observer newspaper in La Grande visited and published a picture and brief note about our volunteers and services.  Not available online.

From the kid gallery:
Can I tell you something?  One Time I bit the dentist.
My lips feel like meat fat….dry and rubbery
Do I get her again she was, nice? (asking about our assistant Catherine)

Other notes:
65% of students screened needed treatment
35% needed no treatment

La Grande, Greenwood Elementary Oct. 7-10, 2013
•  31 students screened
•  0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  35 appointments in the van
•  $20,139 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – October 10, 2013
•  13,860 students screened
•  13,554 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  6,780 students treated in the van
•  $3,828,784 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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We advocate for increased funding for children's dental treatment and education. We support community water fluoridation, a proven and safe way to reduce cavities, and we encourage volunteerism in the dental community.

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