October 27, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College dental assisting and hygiene programs, along with cosmetology and Early Childhood Education, hosted “Project Smile” earlier this month. It marks the eighth year the college has offered free services to the Southern Illinois community.

“It’s a service-learning project for our students and allows us all to work together,” said Sharon Jenkins, dental assisting and hygiene instructor. “It’s a joy to see our students grow personally and professionally by participating in what we think is a good learning experience.”

Patients from ages 4-to-18 participated in the project. There were free dental exams, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride treatmens and sealants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cosmetology students provided free haircuts and fingernail polishing and ECE students provided free childcare service.

Jenkins said construction on the newly remodeled dental and cosmetology departments resulted in a one-year project hiatus last year.

“This year, we utilized our new digital X-ray equipment and computer software to expose and better view our patients’ teeth,” Jenkins said. “We also offered free blood pressure screenings for adults. It was a great opportunity for our students to share their clinical skills, while learning how to plah and assess program outcomes.”

Dental student Brittany Ryker of Herrin said she was glad to be part of a project that gives back to the community.

“We enjoyed being able to apply the skills we have learned,” she said.