Give Kids A Smile®
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Learn how to help underserved kids in your community through Give Kids A Smile. Read more below.
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Dr. Jeffrey Dalin Give Kids A Smile Volunteer Award
Do you know an outstanding Give Kids A Smile program coordinator? The ADA Foundation encourages state and local dental society executive directors, in addition to ADA and ADA Foundation Board members, to nominate outstanding GKAS program coordinators in their state for the 2016 Jeffrey Dalin, D.D.S. Give Kids A Smile Volunteer Award. This award recognizes one outstanding GKAS volunteer each year. The nomination deadline is May 23. Download the nomination form here.
Learn more about the prior Dalin Award winners: Dr. Cavan Brunsden and the New Jersey Dental Association team (2015), Dr. Michael Shreck (Nassau County Dental Society, NY, 2014), and Ms. Kathy Woodard (Ohio Dental Association, 2013).
Helping Children Through Give Kids A Smile
Be a part of the GKAS movement!
Through the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.
Give Kids A Smile began in 2002 in St. Louis, Missouri. Each year Give Kids A Smile day is celebrated nationally on the first Friday in February. GKAS events are intended to be touch points for children who do not receive dental care, for whatever reason. The ultimate goal for a GKAS program should be to establish a dental home for these children - in other words, provide continuity of care.
Although collectively we have made a huge impact through GKAS over the past 13 years, there is still more work to be done. You can learn more about how the GKAS program began in the Gratitude Report, or if you would like to join the GKAS movement and host your own event, please visit the GKAS Program Planning Toolbox or the FAQ page.
GKAS couldn't exist without the generous support of our GKAS program sponsors, with a special thank-you to the GKAS Day sponsors that provide support to GKAS programs nationwide.
We thank you for your continued support of Give Kids A Smile, and we wish you much success with your events!