When you’re climbing a mountain – even if you’re not all the way to the summit - it’s good to turn around and see how far you’ve come!
Halfway through the 2016-17 school year, it’s worth celebrating the progress our team at Smile Partners has made in helping low-income students in our communities get the dental care they need.
In 2016, we added new elementary schools in South Kitsap, Central Kitsap and Mason County. We added new preschools in Mason, King and Snohomish counties. We’re still on target to reach 12,000 disadvantaged youths in the Puget Sound area with preventive dental hygiene and referral services.
That’s a 23% increase in the number of program beneficiaries from 2015-16. And that’s more patients than we’ve ever served in our 12-year history.
None of it would have been possible without our generous sponsors, in particular the Murdock Charitable Trust, the Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority, the Tulalip Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, the City of Bainbridge Island, Burkhart Dental, Susila Dharma USA, Grace Episcopal Church, Sheng Yen Lu Foundation, Morrow Kidman Tinker and the many individual donors who want to help kids fight cavities.
And none of it would have been possible without our incredible team of dentists, dental hygienists, site coordinators, managers and movers: Richard, Jim, April, Brandi, Vicki, Kathy, Kim, Jackie, Susan, Linda O., Linda James, Simon, Lisa, Sarah, Christine, Cristina, Peggy, Tonja, Richele, Brooke, Renee, Brittany, Abbie, Jennifer and Avi. And thanks go to our board for having our backs: Peter, Linda, Bonnie, Latashia, Pat, Bridget, Steve, Clair, Helena and Allison.
As they often say: it takes a village.