“Give Kids a Smile!” day this Friday
Pain from untreated dental disease makes it difficult
for children to eat, sleep and concentrate in school.
Poor oral health also affects their self-esteem.
Ottawa County Department of Public Health Miles of Smiles mobile dental unit provides dental services for Medicaid-insured and financially qualifying uninsured children in Ottawa County. Partners include dental society involvement, dentist and hygienist volunteerism, school administration dedication, community support, funder’s generosity, Ottawa County Administration support and Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s commitment to help improve the health of children.
Our Miles of Smiles (MOS) mobile dental unit is scheduled to be in Allendale School District March, April and May of the 2014-2015 school year. Our mobile dental unit provides free, preventive and restorative dental services for financially-qualifying children. We invite parents who qualify to set up an appointment for their child to be seen on our mobile unit when we locate in Allendale.
To find out more visit: http://www.miottawa.org/dental
Our Girls on the Run team selects a service project to complete before the end of the school year. This year, the team raised money to create potted flowers pots for the front of the building and clean up and add plantings to our Grace Thatcher bench area near the ponds. Grace, a third grader at Georgetown in 2006-07, died of brain cancer during the summer of 2007. Grace was a beautiful, bright and environmentally focused girl. We placed the bench in the back pond area to help others take time to appreciate the sounds of nature that she loved so much.
The potted impatience look beautiful in the front of our building. A group of students and I spent time near the ponds today and were impresses with weeded and freshly planted hostas, lilies and impatience around the bench. Thank you runners for the work you did to help our school grounds look welcoming and beautiful. Also, many thanks to Mrs. Havens and her team of coaches who worked with these girls from March-May of this school year.
If you are interested in coaching Girls on the Run next year (girls grade 3-5), please let Mrs. Haven’s know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). She is already building the roster for next year and this is a program we would like to continue. It benefits the girls, the coaches and our entire school.
I learned about Toys for Tots when I was around three years old. My parents took me shopping and we would purchase toys to put in the Toys for Tots box. I did not completely understand the idea of buying toys, putting them in a box, and not keeping them. I learned that you don’t always get what you want and some kids may wake up Christmas morning with nothing or very little under their tree.
Each year we continued this tradition of purchasing toys for the Toys for Tots box. It’s always fun shopping for things that I know I would like. This makes me feel good knowing that kids that may not be getting presents would be getting something.
This got me thinking that as a school we can help Toys for Tots do more. I asked permission of Mrs. Reagan and she agreed that this would be a great service for our school to offer.
We will have a Toys for Tots box in the school library. We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for kids until December 12th. Toys for Tots will distribute these toys to kids in need throughout our community.
You can give a little or you can give a lot, it’s Toys for Tots.
Quinton T., Grade 4
The Junior Girl Scout Troop 4120 is celebrating the 100th year of Girl Scouts by collecting 100 items to earn their 100 badge. Their project “BIRTHDAY THEME BOX” will be for the Kids Food Basket which provides sack suppers to 4,800 kids every day. The Birthday Theme Box will provide birthday supplies for each child to use on their special day.
Items needed are:
- Cake mixes
- Frosting decorating tubes
- 100% Juice Boxes
- Individual fruit cups, pudding cups and gelatin cups
- 100% Fruit Snacks
Please place your donation in the birthday box in the lobby of school May 1 through May 17. .
Thank you! Chloe Patrick
Lily Wressell, a fourth grader in Mrs. Huizenga’s class, is asking her fellow Georgetown students and families to join her in supporting the Pediatric Oncology Resource Team, P.O.R.T., that operates with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
P.O.R.T. provides much needed resources and hands-on support for families with a child diagnosed with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders.
Lily will be collecting items to put into theme baskets for the P.O.R.T. Winter Night Out fundraiser in February.
In particular she is requesting items related to kids arts and crafts such as; paints, crayons, paper, stencils, stickers, etc.
She is also looking for gift wrap items; paper, bags, bows, ribbon, cards, etc.
If you are interested in donating items there will be a box located in the lobby until Monday, Feb 6 that you may put them in.
Thank you for helping Lily reach her goal of providing two baskets to help P.O.R.T.
If you read the Grand Rapids Press in paper form or online, you likely noticed the the catchy title, MORE THAN LIP SERVICE on the front of the Region Section tonight. If you missed the title, I know that the photo of Alaina and Happy caught your eye. And, if you missed that, you have ME in your life to share it with you!
During several weeks this fall, Alaina DuPuys and Happy Bainbridge asked students and staff to donate scented chap sticks for their Girl Scout service project. This project was tremendously successful with a collection total of 1,300 chap sticks. Both girls earned their Bronze Badge AND learned some incredible lessons by organizing and executing this project. The chap sticks were donated to DeVos Children’s Hospital where they are used to scent anesthesia masks for medical procedures and also to coat dry lips of children who have had multiple procedures done to get healthy again.
There are many families and students from our school that have been touched by the incredible nurses and doctors at DeVos Children’s Hospital. This coming weekend, the hospital will re-open in an entirely new facility–designed to support children and their families even better. A community open house will be held on December 4 for all those interested in seeing the facility and all it has to offer.
Many of you have contributed to the Shereda Family’s Spring Service Project. So far, we have received $200 in gift cards to local groceries stores. These gift cards are being used to keep all classroms stocked with snacks for children who do not have a mid-morning treat from home. We also received a generous donation of $100.00 from the creators of the Kingdom Assignment, Leesa and Denny Bellesi. This money is being used to pay for student lunches–a small way to help families who do not qualify for free lunch. Thank you to EVERYONE who has made a donation toward this incredible spring service project.
Many, many students and parents have volunteered to participate in Georgetown’s service project, “Covering Young Heads to Heal Young Hearts”, a tribute to Grace Thatcher. On Monday, May 18th, an all school assembly will be held at 2:30pm to honor your this grand gesture of donating hair for young cancer victims. A local salon, Salon Nouveau, as well as other licensed stylists will be present and will cut and/or style the volunteer students. To view a list of those donating hair, visit our PTC blog.