Letter to the Editor

Another successful Give Kids a Smile effort

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

To the Editor:

I wanted to thank everyone for the time and effort in making our participation in the Give Kids a Smile program very successful.

The program has now been in effect for the children of Putnam County 17 years and through the efforts of many individuals, we were able to treat 18 children. Several will require additional visits to complete the necessary treatment to gain complete dental health before the school year ends.

I would like to thank our hygiene team of Kim McMains and Heather Lewis, who tirelessly screened children at all the elementary schools working closely with the school nursing staffs to find eligible children.

To the nursing staffs of South Putnam, Cloverdale and Greencastle School corporations; Rita Bain, Kelly Stevens and Rhonda Kessler who despite busy schedules, were willing to appreciate dental health as an important part of the overall well-being of their students. It is greatly appreciated to have the support of the county school administrators, principals and faculty in achieving these dental health goals.

The rest of our team, Carrie Hubbard, Cindy Hennette and Amy Goode also deserve many thanks for volunteering during their time off to dedicate their skills in helping treat and educate these deserving children on the benefits of good dental health.

The enthusiastic coverage and support by Eric Bernsee and the Banner Graphic has always been greatly appreciated in promoting the program for deserving children.

Lastly, to the very brave children we met and their families in allowing us to care for them, our profound thanks. Lots of smiling faces graced our office in spite of the “anxiety” dentistry sometimes elicits. Several of these children had never experienced being in a dental office.

Our dental team truly enjoyed the experience. Thank you all.

John D. Hennette, D.D.S.

Greencastle Pediatric Dentistry