Liberty Elementary, February 16 – 19 & South Prairie Elementary, Tillamook, February 22 – 26, 2016 by Carrie Peterson
The Tooth Taxi’s first stop in Tillamook was Liberty Elementary which only has kindergartners and first graders in attendance. This group definitely kept us on our toes with their curiosity about everything and endless energy which led to a lot of really great dialogue with the kids. We were grateful to have return volunteer hygienist, Crystal Miller, drive down from Astoria to join us for a day, providing cleanings and sealants.
The following week we went to visit the second and third graders at South Prairie Elementary. Here we welcomed new volunteer Sheryl Seaholm, RDH and return volunteers Dr. Gabe Bizeau and his assistant Jeanne Ellerbroek.
We also said goodbye to our assistant Catherine. After almost 5 years with us she has decided to retire from the Tooth Taxi. We are thankful for her commitment and dedication to improving the oral health of Oregon’s children and wish her nothing but the best on her next adventure.
“I love to come here. When I grow up I want to be a dentist on the Tooth Taxi.”
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” “An Astronaut” “Do you want to walk on the moon?” “No, I want to find aliens!”
Crystal Miller, RDH
Sheryl Seaholm, RDH
Gabe Bizeau, DMD
Jeanne Ellerbroek, EFDA
Stats for both Tillamook schools:
• 90 students screened
• 88 appointments in the van
• 296 students received oral hygiene education in their classroom
• $44,898 value of free dental services provided
September 2008-February 26th 2016
• 17,251 students screened
• 18,973 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 9,488 appointments in the van
• $5,365,447 value of free dental services provided