#36 Portland – Vernon Elementary & Community Transitional School
November 4, 2013 by Mary Daly

At the Tooth Taxi's first visit to Vernon school in NE Portland we screened and treated 17 students.  With Vernon students taken care of we returned to Community Transitional School for our third visit.  There is never a dull moment on the Tooth Taxi; winter weather seemed to arrive with heavy rain and winds which makes for a really loud environment inside the van.  Aaron from Fire Station #14 came to check out our carbon monoxide scare.  With two site partners, new and returning volunteers, and great quotes from the kids, it was a full week.

Dr. Tochukwu "Tochi" Okeke
Dr. Monisha "Mo" Gagneja
and assistant Lakenda Kersh from Providence Specialty Pediatric Dental Clinic.  Thank you Providence for loaning out your staff!
Dr. Bruce Richardson
Dr. Kevin Prates

Vernon school secretaries Connie Schwendemann and Teresa Walworth who after their tour commented, "This is so fabulous."   Vernon teacher, Jonetta Carter.

From the kid gallery:
"If you don't brush your teeth they turn yellow like pee."
"Monsanto is a really bad chemical for your teeth." 1st grader
"You are lucky to have met me today."
"I'm not happy to be here because I'm missing 30 hours of gym."

Other notes:
53% of students screened needed treatment
47% needed no treatment.

Portland, Vernon School, Nov. 4-5, 2013
•  17 students screened
•  126 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  17 appointments in the van
•  $6,937 value of free dental services provided.

Portland, Community Transitional School, Nov. 6-7, 2013
•  0 students screened
•  0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  12 appointments in the van
•  $5,164 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – Nov. 7, 2013
•  13,985 students screened
•  13,843 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  6,882 students treated in the van
•  $3,877,511 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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