Children’s Dental Health Month

Super Smile TeamEach 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.

View and download  “2min2x” educational materials from the American Dental Association’s 2014 CDHM campaign here.

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.

The 2014 theme was “2min2x” and students were to create an original drawing that demonstrates brushing for two minutes, twice a day to fight tooth decay.

Third graders from all over Kansas submitted their artwork for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card, as well as a $100 Visa gift card for their teacher to use on classroom activities. The entries were then judged by the component district chairperson and their staff.

The Council on Children’s Dental Health made the decision to award a prize to both the teacher and the student as a way to boost participation in the contest.

“In year’s past, a bicycle was awarded to the winning student, however, response has been dwindling over the past few years and many districts were not receiving any entries at all,” said Niki Sadler of the Kansas Dental Association. “The idea was to target those who could actually influence the classroom curriculum. We felt that benefitting the teacher as well as the student, would show the teacher that we appreciate their service. The teacher is the one who makes a difference.”

In addition, 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 presentations were evaluated by the CDHM district chairs and KDA staff. The top 3-4 finalists were then be judged by member dentists at the KDA annual business meeting on April 12, 2014.

“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.

Several KDA staff members attended an all-school assembly at Eisenhower Elementary to present Mrs. Sawyer’s class with their $500 prize.

Niki Sadler, KDA Operations Coordinator, spoke about the importance of having good dental health. Almost everyone in the room chimed in to shout, “Twice a day!” when asked how often they were supposed to brush their teeth to prevent cavities. Sadler reminded students to brush their teeth for two minutes when they wake up and again before bed.

Catherine Calderwood’s class from Woodland Health and Wellness Magnet Elementary in Wichita placed second with their music video “That’s What Keeps our Teeth so Clean.” Renee Bowmaker’s students from Holy Spirit Catholic School in Goddard, KS placed third with their play entitled “Good Tooth Fairy v. Bad Tooth Fairy.”

Below are the third grade drawing contest contest winners, listed by district.

 

Central District Winner

Central District
Zac Lopez
Cimarron Elementary
Cimarron, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Voth

 

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Fifth District
Avery Pankey
Wolf Creek Elementary
Spring Hill, KS
Teacher: Ms. Prentiss

 

First District Winner

First District
Emily Pruitt
Macarthur Elementary
Fort Leavenworth, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Hopkins

 

Flint Hills District Winner

Flint Hills District
Connor Collins
Osage City Elementary
Osage City, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Linton

 

NWGB District Winner

NWGB District
Caxton Smyth
Plainville Elementary
Plainville, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Simon

 

7th District Winner

Seventh District
Ashley Rosfeld
Goessel Elementary
Goessel, KS
Teacher: Mr. Wiens

 

Southeast District Winner

Southeast District
Kellie Dowling
R.V. Haderlein Elementary
Girard, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Martin

 

CDHM Artwork

Southern District
Kate Lance
Frances Willard Elementary
Arkansas City, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Cales

 

Topeka District Winner

Topeka District
Emma Graff
Shawnee Heights Elementary
Topeka, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Fleischer

 

Wichita District Winner

Wichita District
Clara Hall
Colwich Grade School
Wichita, KS
Teacher: Mrs. Kincaid

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