|Feb, 06 2012 By Mary Daly
Cascade School District and Aumsville Elementary School team are extremely accommodating! They welcomed us with signs all over the school "Tooth Taxi this way!", kept us well stocked with treats (water, fruit, granola bars) and were so pleasant to work with. Nurse Wendy MacGregor and her volunteers were very helpful in arranging all transportation and bringing students to and from school quickly and efficiently. It is wonderful to have so much help!
The families in this area have had their share of struggles the past two years, Last year a freak tornado ripped through town destroying homes and businesses. This winter they've suffered losses from flooding. Both of those natural disasters combined with rising unemployment have many families struggling. We were happy to be able to help and bring a positive event to the community.
Dr. David B. Thompson, who has a practice in Stayton volunteered with his assistant Charmane Smith.
Cascade School District Superintendent Darin Drill
District Secretary Cheryl Harmon
Aumsville Elementary Principal Leanne Deffenbaugh
Read about the Tooth Taxi in Aumsville: Statesman Journal
From the kid gallery:
"I watched TV for a whole weekend once and the bill came out to about 10,000 dollars!" – 4th grader
Kindergarten student: "My baby brother has teeth just like mine but smaller and no cavity."
Realities from the road:
"My Mom got laid off work." 1st grader
We have also come across many students that have had other struggles in life, and it shows that their teeth have not always been on the priority list. One student recently lost a parent to cancer and the other parent is diagnosed with cancer. This young student had so much need; we were able to provide multiple appointments in the Tooth Taxi.
58% of students screened needed treatment
42% needed no treatment.
Aumsville Elementary School, February 6-9, 2012
•88 students screened
•190 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•35 students treated in the van
•$24,972 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – February 9, 2012
•10,970 students screened
•9,943 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•4,601 students treated in the van
•$2,849,385 value of free dental services provided.