the Colgate Dental VanStudents, teachers, and parents at Princeton Elementary School participated in a virtual oral health event on April 16.

The Magnolia (GA) chapter of The Links, Inc. teamed up with the Colgate Dental Van Bright Smiles’ Bright Futures program to bring a virtual oral health event to the school. Princeton principal Dr. Angela Hairston, a member of Magnolia chapter , agreed to champion this project to expose and excite her kindergarten, first and second grade students to learn and develop good habits early for taking care of their teeth. Dr. Sean Tartt, region III superintendent, provided additional support of the program by assisting Dr. Hairston with greeting and delivering the goodie bags to the students.

“We are grateful to be able to bring this much needed and worthwhile program to metro Atlanta-area students who can benefit from these services,” said Dr. D’Ann Griffin, president of the Magnolia chapter. “Our chapter could think of no better way than to support Dr. Hairston and her students.”

The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program currently offers nine state-of-the art, mobile dental vans that are equipped to educate and screen more than 10 million children in a typical year for common oral health conditions. The dental vans are based in hub-cities and travel to under-served rural and urban communities in the United States to help raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was done virtually. However, the dental van stopped at Princeton Elementary to deliver a goodie bags filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss for each student who participated.