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Students get lesson in good dental care
On Feb. 29, I drove 54 third-graders from Granite Quarry Elementary School to the dentist. We went to Drs. Busby and Webb’s offices, where we met with dentists, dental hygienists and school nurses from all over the county. All of these professionals were there to educate children about dental hygiene and provide free sealants.
As the morning started, the first stop was the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s nurses. Individually, the children were helped to brush their teeth and were encouraged and educated about good health practices. Each child was given a gift pack with dental accessories and, the favorite item, a plaque-check light. This pack was sponsored by Sunstar Americas.
Next, the children were seated in the dental chair, and a hygienist explained the procedure to them. I walked to the treatment area to check on a couple of nervous children and watched as dentists applied the sealants. At that point, I saw only smiles! Granite Quarry Elementary students got 196 sealants, worth a total of $9,800, at no cost to their families.
I want to thank the Dental Society, dentists, hygienists and nurses for donating their expertise to the children, and thanks to Sunstar Americas for the gift pack. A special thank you goes to Drs. Webb and Busby and their office staff for allowing this community service to take place in their beautiful facility. Lastly, I want to thank Debbie Krueger, public health dental hygienist, for coordinating this special event. All of you are awesome!
ó Terry L. Cameron
Granite Quarry
Cameron is the secretary, a teacher’s assistant and bus driver at Granite Quarry Elementary.
Grieving together
I work at Ralph Baker’s Shoes. Salisbury firefighters, Salisbury police and Rowan’s volunteer firefighters all get boots from us, and we know all these men. I cannot speak for Ralph and his family or my friends at the store, but I know we all grieve, we all shed tears and we are all proud of these young men who gave their lives, and of all the men who perform such service on a daily basis.
God bless you all, and thank you so very much.
ó Michael Mason
Cleveland

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