The Cass Community Health Foundation completed its yearly dental-screening program, a series of free checkups for youth in Cass County and surrounding community schools, during National Children’s Dental Health Month in February.
During the 2016-17 academic year, the Foundation and its partner, Cass County Dental Clinic, served nearly 4,000 students in the Archie, Belton, Drexel, East Lynne, Grandview, Harrisonville, Midway, Raymore-Peculiar and Strasburg school districts as well as the Adrian, Belton and Harrisonville Head Start programs.
With additional funding from the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation and Prime Health Foundation in Kansas City, more than 5,000 students were screened during the 2017-2018 school year.
“Our dental screening program can be the first experience Cass County children have with dental care,” Cass Community Health Foundation President Cynthia Randazzo said in a release. “The generosity of National Children’s Oral Health Foundation and Prime Health Foundation has allowed us to extend our services to thousands of students and create more opportunities for improved oral health in the area.”
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Screenings include oral-health education, oral-hygiene supplies and, with parental consent, two fluoride varnish applications provided with the help of local dentists, registered dental hygienists, other dental professionals, pre-dental students and community volunteers.
Visit casscommunityhealth.org for more information about the dental screening program.
An army of Cass Community Health Foundation volunteers along with funding from the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation and Prime Health Foundation in Kansas City allowed the dental-screening program to expand and serve more than 5,000 area students in 2017-18. Pictured (from left) are Sandy Kessinger, Kimberly Romero, Mahshid Etemad, Katie Schroeder, Dr. Terry Myers and Dr. Rob Tait, who volunteered recently at the Grandview Middle School.
Winter Storm Oliver creates havoc in Harrisonville
Winter Storm Oliver generated 204 service calls for 160 separate outages on Feb. 20 in Harrisonville, according to a release from the City Clerk’s office.
Ice, of course, was the culprit and caused a circuit in the Royal Street electrical substation in northeast Harrisonville to fail, leading to two-thirds of the power failures.
Normally, service would be transferred through the North substation in such an instance as repairs were made, but the switch failed to engage because of ice buildup, a problem that took most of the day to diagnose and correct.
After the substation was fixed, crews finally were able to fix downed lines from broken or bent tree limbs.