November 17, 2014 by Mary Daly
The Tooth Taxi first visited Veneta Elementary in November 2013 after a tip from a Lane County hygienist who had done screenings at the school; from her findings she felt Veneta would be a good school to utilize Tooth Taxi services. On our first visit we screened 43 students 84% need. We returned in January 2014 and screened 27 new students 67% need, and on this visit we screened 53 students (19 were returning students from previous visits) 58% need. Veneta Visits=Success; the winning formula? An engaged site partner, returning students, repeat site visits, and 289 students reached via in class oral hygiene presentations. All these factors add up to improve students' oral health and raise awareness of the importance of oral health in the community.
Principal, Olivia Johnson, and school staff all welcomed the Tooth Taxi team and generously thanked them daily for their work. Each day brought a new treat -' lattes delivered by a teacher, donut holes, muffins, coffee gift cards, popcorn, chocolate truffles, homemade almond roca, and bagels and cream cheese from Hillbilly Brews. Thank you Veneta team for honoring the Tooth Taxi staff and their work! Veneta also had parent volunteers lined up to escort students which allowed the team to focus on providing care.
Always an adventure! With lower than normal temperatures it was key to find a place to plug the Tooth Taxi in overnight to thwart frozen pipes. Principal Johnson pulled through working with ODOT and the city and found us a spot at the community pool! The Tooth Taxi headed to the pool evenings for the external plug to power. Due to some on-going auxiliary battery malfunction, Friday morning appointments were canceled to get the Tooth Taxi into the shop for repair. But, the team will return in early 2015 to pick up where they left off.
From the kid gallery:
'My Cheek feels fluffy.'
'This rig would be really good during a Zombie Apocalypse, because you could keep a lot of weapons and armor on it.'
58% of students screened needed treatment
42% needed no treatment.
Veneta, Veneta Elementary School, Nov. 17-20, 2014
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 ' November 20, 2014
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#3 Aloha-Reedsville Elementary
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#28 & #29 Oregon Coast
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