November 3, 2017

College is Site for ADA's National "Give Kids a Smile" Kickoff Event

The College of Dentistry has been selected as the site for the American Dental Association's national Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) kickoff event that will be held Friday, February 2, 2018.

Competing against five other dental schools nationwide, the college was chosen as the national kickoff site in part because of its history of successful Give Kids a Smile events. Since 2012, the college has hosted biannual events that provided dental treatments for 1,100 children in Ohio, with a total of more than $318,000 in free dental care.

Remarking on the upcoming national kickoff at the college, Dean Patrick Lloyd said, "We are pleased and proud that our collective efforts have been recognized in this way. We know our success with Give Kids a Smile is due in large part to the fact that this initiative is led by students who gain leadership experience, and who will also be more likely to engage in GKAS events after they become dental professionals." He added, "We look forward to this national kickoff that gives us another opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children throughout Ohio who need the help we are able to provide."