Rural Arizona program hosts warm, fuzzy GKAS
Paws-on demonstration: Dandy sits in the dental chair so that dental hygiene student Kris Ruiz could demonstrate brushing.
Open wide: A GKAS participant shows what she learned by brushing Dandy's teeth.
Soothing friend: Dandy says hello to a GKAS participant.
"Dandy was such a hit at our Give Kids A Smile day this year that we've already invited her back next year," Ms. Gift said. "Dandy had to undergo many hours of training with her human, Kit Corson, to be able to participate. We saw 80 kids and placed 539 sealants and Dandy was instrumental in helping several apprehensive children get in the dental chair and participate in treatment."
GKAS volunteers included three dentists, three administrator support staff, four hygienists, one assistant, 38 students and the dog trainer.
The Mohave GKAS not only drew kids from Bullhead City, a city of about 39,000 located on the Colorado River some 90 miles south of Las Vegas, but also from rural areas and small towns up to 100 miles from the college, including Kingman, Lake Havasu, Golden Valley, Topock, Chloride and Meadview, Ariz. as well as Laughlin, Nev.