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School-based dental screenings in need of volunteers

BELTON, Mo., (Aug. 23, 2018) – Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) is looking for volunteers to help during their annual school-based dental screening program.

During the school year, CCHF strives to improve the oral health of children in the community by providing free dental screenings for students in Cass County and Grandview schools. Community volunteers helped CCHF screen nearly 5,000 youth during the 2017-2018. Another 5,000 students are expected to be screened this academic year.

The 2018-2019 dental screenings begin at East Lynne Elementary in Harrisonville. Other schools in the Harrisonville, Drexel, Grandview Martin City, Midway, Sherwood and Strasburg districts still have volunteer opportunities available. Additional schools in these districts and neighboring districts will also need volunteers in the winter and spring.

“We need dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and individuals without any dental experience,” Katie Schroeder, CCHF outreach coordinator, said. “Last year, more than 150 volunteers helped us screen students. It takes a village to improve these students’ smiles.”

CCHF will provide dental screenings, fluoride varnish treatments and oral health education until March 2019. Sign up to volunteer here.