|Jan, 30 2012 By admin
Newberg was homecoming week for Dr. McLeod and Catherine Johnson, both residents of Yamhill County. They were happy to give back in their own community, have a 5 minute commute, and show off the Tooth Taxi to family members.
Edwards Elementary School staff turned on a dime to coordinate our visit when a last minute cancellation opened up a spot on the Tooth Taxi schedule. They were very prepared, recruited several students and volunteer helpers, all which made for a smooth week. A gratifying reward when Catherine took a patient back to class – the teacher put her arm around Catherine and said, "I really appreciate everything you've done for these kids." We'll return to Newberg for their summer migrant program.
Dr. McLeod, her husband Brent, and her mom, DFO supporter Jan Kimmell
Catherine Johnson and son Kenney
Catherine and son Ritchie with family dog Brutus
Terri Bernards, RDH from Dr. Larry Tidwell's office visited with Brittany Von, a high school student that is doing her senior project on dentistry. They were at Edwards giving a hygiene presentation to first graders.
District Nurse, Annie Berger
Jonathan Fost, ELL and Migrant Coordinator
From the kid gallery:
Catherine, "This is my little rubber cup (for cleaning)", 3rd grader: "It feels like a toy car, how the wheels go around."
"I've been using all the tools that you guys gave me." (oral hygiene kit)
"Do you know if we go to the truck today?" (A 2nd grader who saw me in the office)
2nd grade patient: "At least I came here instead of the real dentist." "Why's that?" "Because you guys are professionals."
Realities from the road:
Had a Kindergarten patient that the parent said has missed a lot of school because of dental pain. She shared that the office told her he couldn't miss anymore school or she would get a ticket. She was having a hard time finding a dentist in the area that would see children.
Yamhill County Action Partnership arrived with their delivery for the Friday Family Food program. They provide two weekend meals to children and their families who qualify for free or reduced meals at Edwards Elementary.
53% of students screened needed treatment
47% needed no treatment.
Newberg, Edwards Elementary School, January 30 – February 2, 2012
•86 students screened
•80 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•33 students treated in the van
•$20,786 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – February 2, 2012
•10,871 students screened
•9,753 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•4,555 students treated in the van
•$2,818,054 value of free dental services provided