Saturday, May 30, 2009

Irvine Dental Screenings

by Ray Sanford

A marvelous group of volunteers came together this morning to provide free dental screening exams for lots of children who will be starting school in September. I'd like to thank everyone who helped with this community service project.

We saw over 110 families (probably around 125-130 kids) with 8 dentists and their assistants, two school nurses and a bunch of Rotarians and Assisteens. This is about 3 times more children than last year's event.

Parents with kids started arriving half an hour before the event's starting time and continued steadily right until we closed at noon. All of the dentists were kept busy the entire time.

The two IUSD school nurses did an amazing job of checking all the families in (and out), keeping track of everything and sorting the forms into the proper envelopes for each school. About half of the Irvine Spectrum Rotary Club participated.

The Irvine Assisteens did their usual perfect job of shepherding the families from check-in to the exams and then back to the check-out tables. Another group entertained the kids with coloring projects while their parents filled out the forms.

A special thanks to Todd Wardlaw, General Manager of the Corner Bakery in the Irvine Marketplace for donating gobs of goodies for all the volunteers. Corner Bakery has stepped up time and again to support our club's community service projects.