The Bad Tooth Fairy, played by Ron Capanash; "Rainbow Brite" dentist Sonia Gupta; the Good Tooth Fairy, Gary Paul; and facilitator Joanne Laird lead Kamali'i Elementary School students in an activity to determine "good" and "bad" foods recently. The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise developed the "Keiki Dental Catch a Smile" project for students at Kamali'i and Kihei elementary schools in response to studies that gave Hawaii poor grades for dental health, especially for children. The pilot program was designed to improve the oral health of children by prevention through education. The interactive activities were planned and developed in order to utilize volunteers from different agencies, the students and instructor from the University of Hawaii Maui College Dental Assisting Program, a local dentist, a local pediatrician, Rotarians and the 1st-grade classroom teachers at the two schools. The total cost of this project for both schools, which included all necessary supplies and a goodie bag for each of the 300 1st-grade children, was less than $600 - the cost of two fillings for one child.
The Bad Tooth Fairy, played by Ron Capanash (left to right); “Rainbow Brite” dentist Sonia Gupta; the Good Tooth Fairy, Gary Paul; and facilitator Joanne Laird.