GDA Plans Give Kids A Smile Day Activities in Every District Nelda Greene Associate Executive Director
The annual Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) Day is coming to a location near you in February. On Friday, February 5, 2010, the Georgia Dental Association (GDA)
in conjunction with every district dental society will coordinate free dental care for less fortunate children around the state. For the eighth year, member dentists and their staff members will participate in the American Dental Association’s national major oral health outreach program launched to encourage parents, health professionals, and policymakers to address important access to oral health care issues as well as to provide care to local, qualifying children from low-income families. Georgia’s GKAS program needs your help and you can participate in a number of ways!
Be a Volunteer at One of the District Programs For the past seven years, the GDA has focused its volunteer efforts on one or two locations for pro bono care. This year in an effort to broaden GDA efforts and for dentists to be able to reach out to those in their own communities, Dr. Byron Colley, Council on Dental Health Chairman, charged each district Council member with holding a district event. The district challenge resulted in numerous programs throughout the state. The GDA encourages you to review the list and to pick a location where you can volunteer your time to help children in your area. Dentists and their staff members can give of their time and expertise for a few hours or for the entire day. All efforts are appreciated. Dentists are encouraged to bring along a dental assistant and a dental hygienist as well as any other office staff members who might enjoy participating. Some of the programs will provide prevention-only services while others will perform more extensive restorative treatment. Each district program is tailoring their program based on the facilities and needs. If you are interested in volunteering, please call or email the contact dentist listed below and place Friday, February 5, 2010, on your calendar. We guarantee that you will have a positive experience helping these children.
Central District (Warner Robins) Location: Mobile program in Warner Robins area schools Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Contact: Dr. Shirley Fisher at (478) 929-0296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Journal of the Georgia Dental Association