Published On: Tue, Feb 9th, 2016

Poster, Essay Contest Encourages Students to Practice Good Dental Health

By Andrew Ward

Students all across Palm Beach County will be spending much of this month writing or drawing about good oral hygiene as part of a contest.

The inaugural Children’s Essay/Poster Contest, was launched Feb. 1 and runs through Feb. 26, to run in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month, organizers said.

This is a time when dental professionals, healthcare providers and teachers all team up to discuss the importance of oral health with students and their caregivers,” said organizer Lisa Medina, of Family Medicaid Dental Center in Delray Beach. “Locally, we want to bring the same level of attention so we are sponsoring this contest to generate some excitement.”

The contest is divided into two categories: kindergarten to 2nd grade and 3rd through 12th grades. The students were given three topics from which to choose one: “The Importance of Dental Care,”  “Dental Care is Important to Health” or “My First Day at the Dental Office.”

The younger students are asked to express themselves through art on an 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper while the older children must write a 250-word essay on one of the three topics.

“Already several schools have indicated that their students are chipping away at this,” said Robert Dodd, program manager for KOP Mentoring Network, which is organizing the event. “I can’t wait to see the entries. It seems there is going to be some excitement.”

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in both divisions.

“All the prizes are fun-filled and fun-related,” Medina said. “We have prizes to places such as amusement centers, water parks and ice cream parlors. All the winners will be happy with their prizes.”

Prizes will also be awarded to the teachers of the winning students, Medina said.

“We want to generate as much interest as possible,” she said. “We want to get everybody involved.”

The entries will be judged by an independent panel of community members and winners will be recognized at the Delray Dental Day festival on Saturday, March 19 at Village Academy.

For more information, call 561-537-1015. or 561-665-0151.

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