Young professionals donate toothbrushes to Caroline students for summer vacation
DENTON — Kindergarten, third-grade and seventh-grade students in Caroline County Public Schools began their summer vacation with a toothbrush.
The Caroline County Young Professionals, along with the Caroline Chamber of Commerce, partnered with Choptank Community Health to provide the students with toothbrushes to help with dental care during the summer months.
Choptank Community Health offers a school-based dental program in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. The dental program begins with expecting mothers with the goal of connecting them with care, and continues into 40 different public school in the tri-county area.
“During the summer the students are out of their normal school routine, and we want to encourage them to keep that routine of brushing their teeth and flossing twice a day,” said Choptank Community Health Community Programs Manager Shelley Andrews. “We have a great partnership with school boards in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties.”
The toothbrush donations mark the third year the Caroline County Young Professionals and the chamber have partnered with Choptank Health. Every Caroline public school student in kindergarten, third grade and seventh grade received a new toothbrush for the summer.
“When we started this three years ago, it was an opportunity for the young professionals to come together as group and give back to the community,” said organization member Adam Jones. “Choptank Community Health does an outstanding job with its school-based dental health program, along with their other programs. We are happy to help out.”
In additional to the dental program, Choptank Community Health also has a wellness center in every Caroline County public school, making it the only county in the state with a school-based wellness center in every public school.
“The great thing about our school-based dental program and wellness centers is prevention is the focus,” said Choptank Community Health President and CEO Sara Rich. “With the dental program, our goal is to identify children early that have dental disease or are high-risk for dental disease, and get them in for care.
“We want the children to have positive, long-term oral health,” she said. “We really appreciate everything the Caroline Young Professionals have done to support us and the community.”
For more information about Choptank Community Health, visit www. choptankhealth.org.
Choptank Community Health President and CEO Sara Rich, left, and Choptank Community Health Community Programs Manager Shelley Andrews, with Caroline Young Professional members Adam Jones and Tony Holt hold toothbrushes the Youth Professionals donated...