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State Champ - Carl Carver!

Posted by Paul on 5/1/2012 9:36:00 AM

Today's travels took me 253 miles one way to Mound City, MO as an ambassador for the MDA Foundation. The experience was worth every mile.
I was there to present the first place award to the winner of the Children's Dental Health Month Art Contest. Carl Carver, a second grade student from Mound City R-2 School, drew the winning entry in the Rock Your Smile theme contest. As a result he won a $100 Wal-Mart gift card. Additionally, his teacher, Mrs. Burge, won $100 for her classroom and the school won $200 as well. Plus I passed out dental goody bags to all 19 students. They loved their"swag"!
It was a festive and fun celebration as I distributed the prizes. I explained that the contest was one way the MDAF promoted good oral health to children and that anybody in the state could enter. When I said the state winner was in their classroom, they sprung up and down, chanting "Carl"! Evidently he's known as quite the artist among his friends. I think Carl's smile grew two sizes when we walked in the room and he saw his mother, Laura Berney, and his grandmother, Lydia Field. Plus the Mound City News was there to cover the big event. It was like Oscar night in Holt County!
I was happy to see such collaboration for this effort. The school nurse, Susan Lentz (in purple above) is a real dental advocate and supports the contest every year. Mrs. Burge (far left) was eager to participate and Cate Kenny (art teacher next to me) really helped fuel the creative process. Rightfully so, the superintendent, Scott Eaton, and the principal, Jan Seitz, were very proud of Carl's' accomplishment and the school's prize load. To cap off the celebration, we all went outside and enjoyed ice cream bars! Congratulations, Carl!!
Mound City is a small community. The school is 275 kids K-12.Mrs. Lentz was kind to drive me over to meet the first dentist they've had in Holt County in a while, MDA member, Dr. Aaron Hiegert. I regret not grabbing a photo but he was very eager to hear of the hoopla. He gives dental checks at the school and even has art in his office made by Cate Kenny's class. A fairly recent UMKC grad, Dr. Hiegert is passionate about addressing the oral needs and challenges in rural Missouri. Good work, Dr. Hiegert!
A special thank you to Adam Johnson and the Mound City News for the photos!

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