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Kool Smiles Launches K-5 Classroom Grant Program to Celebrate Children's Dental Health Month

Feb 01, 2018

In celebration of Children's Dental Health Month this February, leading children's dental health provider Kool Smiles today announced it will award five $1,000 classroom grants to K-5 teachers who go above and beyond in promoting dental health and education in the classroom.

Submissions for the My Kool Smiles Classroom Grant Program will be accepted online from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 2018.  Educators who would like to apply or members of the community interested in nominating an educator can find application information and entry guidelines at: www.mykoolsmiles.com/l/classroomgrants.  

"Kool Smiles created the classroom grant program as a way to support teachers who are passionate about educating children on the importance of dental health," said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer for Kool Smiles. "We hope this program highlights the significant role educators play in promoting dental health and supports their efforts to encourage children to adopt positive dental habits early on in life."

Eligible teachers who apply or are nominated must be actively teaching K-5 classrooms at a public, private, charter or approved home school program in the United States.  All submissions should include either an example of a dental lesson plan or details about how healthy dental habits are being promoted in their classroom. Submissions may be delivered via video, essay or photo format.

All applicants are advised to carefully review the official rules before applying.  Applications will be evaluated by a committee of Kool Smiles clinical leaders and Benevis team members. The five winners will be notified by email on March 16, 2018.

The Kool Smiles classroom grant program is sponsored by the Benevis Foundation. For more information, please visit www.mykoolsmiles.com/l/classroomgrants.

About Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles is dedicated to creating a world of happy, healthy smiles. As a leading dental health provider, Kool Smiles' mission is to improve lives by providing high quality dental care in a fun, compassionate environment. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations. For more information, please visit www.mykoolsmiles.com. 

About the Benevis Foundation

The Benevis Foundation is committed to improving dental care access and outcomes for underserved communities in the United States through research, education and outreach. The foundation sponsors ongoing research on the role of Medicaid dental providers in improving access to preventative care, early intervention, and dental health education among traditionally underserved pediatric populations, as well as research on the cost savings associated with improving access to dental care among these patient populations in both federal and state healthcare systems. Through these research efforts, the Benevis Foundation hopes to provide data that informs and strengthens public policy related to dental access and affordability. For more information, visit http://benevis.com/benevis-foundation/

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