|#37 Community Transitional School
|SEP, 24 2012 By MARY DALY
Many of you will recall that we found out about Community Transitional School three years ago through an article in The Oregonian. This school provides a stable learning environment as families experience homelessness and typically children would bounce from one school district to another. The Tooth Taxi has been making annual visits to the school, so by now we are a familiar face to many of the students. Principal Cheryl Bickle said to me "I don't know why they are so excited to go to the dentist, I hate going to the dentist." The fact that the kids are excited means we're successful in meeting our goal of giving them a positive experience and we like that! Read more about Community Transitional School.
"For our students, school is a refuge from the trauma and hardships of poverty and uncertainty—a place where they feel a sense of community and belonging. This is a place where they have room to learn, laugh with friends and build hope."
—Cheryl M. Bickle, Principal and Teacher
With this gorgeous fall weather many of the reading groups took their camp chairs outside to read. I would just smile as I saw students using our Tooth Taxi bookmarks to mark their pages.
Dr. Nick Mellum and assistant Kristy Campbell
Dr. Rick Asai, DFO Board President and assistant Kristi McFarland
Realities from the road:
We visited with a Grandmother that is helping to make sure her grandkids receive dental care. They've had a lot of missed appointments in the past with OHP. As Grandma said "I'm going to protect the kids, I know it is important to have your teeth."
Scout, our English Springer Spaniel Mascot, visited the Tooth Taxi. Always a hit with the kids, one student told me that they have to find a place where they can keep their dog; right now the dog has to stay outside the motel room at night.
70% of students screened needed treatment
30% needed no treatment.
Portland, Community Transitional School Sept. 24-28, 2012
63 students screened
22 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
30 appointments in the van
$16,087 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – September 28, 2012
12,274 students screened
11,914 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
5,522 students treated in the van
$3,292,177 value of free dental services provided.