SHEPHERDSVILLE — The Shepherdsville Elementary Family Resource Center sunk its teeth into the establishment of a new health program for students.
The FRC hosted a free dental screening and educational program for students in conjunction with Dr. Robert McDade and Shepherdsville Dental. The program was also provided with assistance from the Bullitt County Health Department and Delta Dental.
FRC coordinator Traci Gould mentioned that the Smile! Kentucky program, presented by the Louisville Water Company, used to visit the school featuring a similar program.
“When their program fizzled out, we created our own,” Gould said, admitting that the school program was based on LWC’s community program. “There are no completely free dental programs in the area.”
Free dental screenings were provided for students in grades 3-5. Gould said other students were screened based on parental request.
Delta Dental provided a mobile unit as a school campus location to conduct the screenings. Dr. McDade, Sarah Hasewinkel DDS, and the Shepherdsville Dental team provided each screening.
According to Gould, parents of any students that were determined in need of further treatment for a severe issue would be notified. She said free treatment could be provided pending who the family’s insurance provider was.
Along with screenings, Health Department educators Liz McGuire and Melissa Hall provided an educational program discussing proper dental hygiene to students. The program discussed proper brushing and flossing techniques along with general teeth care and maintenance.
Each student received goodie bags filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss among other items. Meanwhile, principal Jason Baragary said 131 SES students received free screenings.
“That’s a big thing,” Baragary said. “This was all at no cost to our families, the school, or the Family Resource Center. (Gould) found the right fit for our students and made sure that the program fit the needs.”
Baragary thanked Shepherdsville Dental, the Health Department, and the community volunteers who assisted with the FRC program.
“They all made this very accessible to our students and we’re very appreciative of that,” he said.