And the winner is…
Each February, the Kansas Dental Association participates in the National Children’s Dental Health Month campaign to educate children, parents and teachers on the importance of good oral health.
Traditionally, the KDA has worked with third grade students and teachers across the state by providing educational materials and inviting the classes to participate in a coloring contest.
This year, in addition to the coloring contest, teachers were able to submit a dental health class project to the KDA for the chance to win a larger prize – a $500 Visa gift card. We challenged them to be creative and show us what they were doing to promote dental health in the classroom.
The KDA staff was pleasantly surprised by the number of entries received.
“A new life was breathed into the KDA’s annual Children’s Dental Health Month program,” said Niki Sadler. “The presentations displayed such amazing creativity, which far exceeded our expectations, and it was evident that the students really had fun participating and learning…almost as much fun as we had viewing them! THANK YOU to the educators for recognizing the importance of dental health and for involving the students in the class project. I personally look forward to seeing what this revitalized program will yield next year.”
The presentations were all evaluated by the Council on Children’s Dental Health district chairpersons and 3 finalists chosen. The finalists were then judged by member dentists at the KDA annual business meeting on Saturday, April 12 and a top entry was selected.
“It’s Going Down, I’m Yelling Brush,” a music video created by Vanessa Sawyer’s third grade class at Eisenhower Elementary in Wellington, KS received the highest number of votes.
Sawyer expressed much enthusiasm about the class project contest. When told that she and her students would be receiving the $500 prize, she exclaimed, “Wow! We are honored! My students are so thrilled to hear the results. Thank you for including us in this awesome project!”
The 2nd place entry was a music video titled “That’s What Keeps Our Teeth So Clean,” which was submitted by Catherine Calderwood’s third grade class from Woodland Health and Wellness Magnet Elementary in Wichita.
“Good Tooth Fairy vs. Bad Tooth Fairy,” a play that was scripted by Renee Bowmaker’s third grade students from Holy Spirit Catholic School in Goddard, KS was selected for 3rd place.
KDA Executive Director, Kevin Robertson, felt that the 2nd and 3rd place entries should be rewarded as well. It was determined that a $250 Visa gift card will be awarded to the 2nd place winner and a $100 Visa gift card to the 3rd place winner for their outstanding efforts.
View the 2nd and 3rd place entries below.