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DARW 2002: pride on parade. (Dental Assistants Recognition Week).

As in years past, we're learning that the schools take Dental Assistants Recognition Week very seriously as a group and make a great effort to develop programs and activities that highlight the profession.

This year, 18 schools shared with us their special promotions, and we present them here starting with the winning entries. And speaking of leaders, once again Michigan lead the way with winners at all levels of the Association category. We wish to thank the judges from the ADAA and the American Dental Association who took time from their busy schedules to review all entries and make the difficult decision of naming the winners. We also want to thank all of the entrants who took the time to observe DARW and then to tell us what they did.

DENTAL ASSISTANTS ASSOCIATIONS
FIRST PLACE
GRAND RAPIDS DENTAL ASSISTANTS SOCIETY
Grand Rapids, MI
Presented by Bunny L. Miller, CDA, RDA,
RDH


"Dental Assistants are the Heart of Every Dental Office." This positive thought was put forward by Grand Rapids DAS on mini-posters, tote bags and very prominently on the back of Grand Rapids city buses! A half-day seminar, "Changing Faces in the New Millennium kicked off DARW, and all attendees received a tote bag. Treasurer Connie McDonald, shown on front cover, demonstrates that you don't have to be boarding a bus to show off the DARW theme. Proceeds of the seminar will help to fund dental assisting scholarships.
SECOND PLACE
WASHTENAW DISTRICT DAS
Dexter, MI
Presented by Gwen Graham-Feldkamp,
CDA, RDA


Education highlighted DARW for Washtenaw with the week kicked off by past national president Mary Govoni (herself a Michigander) presenting a seminar on OSHA standards at a session called "Warm up with Washtenaw". Attendees enjoyed warm soothing beverages in a winter themed meeting room and appropriate door prizes such as gloves, mittens and mugs for hot coffee. Individual recognition for attendees was made with certificates for each indicating the number of years they had been members of ADAA.
HONORABLE MENTION
OAKLAND COUNTY DAS
Oxford, MI
Presented by Tina Kosten


This Society delivers candles, candy, seminar info and membership applications to over 50 dental offices in three counties. These efforts helped to build recognition of the week itself and of ADAA to fellow dental assisting professionals.
ALSO NOTED
AKRON DAS
Akron, OH
Presented by Kimberly Arny, CDA


On the busiest bulletin board in Talmadge County, this local, with the mayor's help, posted the DARW message and reached an estimated 44,000 cars every day ... that computes to almost 400,000 people.
DIABLO DAS
Concord, CA
Presented by Shari Baker


Toothbrushes and oral health instruction for developmentally delayed children up to the age of 6 was the focus of this local's efforts in honor of DARW. They supplied the Lynn Center with dental health care materials and members to give demonstrations and provide some fun stickers as well.
GENESEE DISTRICT DAS
Millington, MI
Presented by Deborah Jaruzel, CDA, RDA


Everyone in this local received DARW lapel pins while the local itself centered its efforts on recruitment and welcoming new members by hosting a students' night celebration. Their motto: "RECRUIT: The Thing to Do in 2002!"
NORTHERN VIRGINIA DAS
Springfield, VA
Presented by Lynn G. Pooley


An afternoon of tea, fashions--both office and clinical--and an instructive ergonomics session were prevented to the members of NVDAS in historic Old Town Manassas, Virginia. A tasty and interesting way to honor members during DARW.
STARK COUNTY DAS
Massillon, OH
Presented by Anna M. Mayle, CODA


Radio and newspaper advertisements alerted folks in Stark County to the fact that the DAS was sponsoring a blood drive in honor of DARW. Goody bags and medical kits were given to the 25 donors--8 of whom were dental team professionals. Leftover materials were donated to a women's shelter.
WEST VIRGINIA DENTAL ASSISTANTS ASSOCIATION
Presented by Debra B. Sampson, CDA


Several WVDAA officers and students met with Governor Bob Wise for the signing and presentation of a declaration recognizing DARW in West Virginia. Shortly after the state officers met with Debra Dent, CDA, the first dental assistant appointed to the state's Board of Dentistry. A membership drive was also held with a $100 prize going to the member recruiting the most new members during March.

DENTAL ASSISTING SCHOOLS
FIRST PLACE
OZARK TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Springfield, MO
Presented by Janet Sell


Outreach to the dental community was achieved by these dental assisting classes. Flyers were mailed by the students to all local dental offices offering the dentists an opportunity to purchase flowers and balloons for presentation to their staff during DARW. During the Week, dental program faculty honored the students with a pizza party and made all the students a DARW bookmark.
SECOND PLACE
MERCER COUNTY TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER
Princeton, WV
Presented by Bertha Robertson CDA, RDA


Local dental assistants in the Center's area got a pleasant surprise when 70 of them were presented with pink carnations and cards by the students in honor of DARW. This was a way to not only honor the assistants during their week but to call attention to the occasion for the benefit of their employers.... many of whom responded by hosting lunches. The class instructor in turn honored the students with the presentation of a DARW tote bag and catered breakfast, while the school did its part by displaying the DARW slogan on their marquee. A public service announcement was aired on community radio with the voice-over done by one of the dental assisting students.
HONORABLE MENTIONS
NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
Wahpeton, ND
Presented by Lucinda Johnson


Students prepared a library window display and the school rolled the DARW announcement on its rotating digital sign. At the student center, students handed out free toothpaste and floss, and Ms. Molar made an appearance. Meanwhile over at the dental clinic, the ever popular Ms. M greeted patients and passed out toothpaste. In the community, students made signs, and ribbons were given to dental assistants while dental health talks and oral care products were given to preschool and grade school children. Focusing on the dental community, the students hosted a booth in conjunction with NDDAA at the Fargo dental seminar and promoted DARW.
CARVER CAREER & TECHNICAL ED CENTER
Charleston, WV
Presented by Debra B. Sampson, CDA


A huge sign in a front hall display case greeted visitors and patients at Carver Career Center during DARW. Complete with American flag it measured over 10 ft long and 4 ft wide. An open house jointly honored DARW and the opening of the Center's Dental Clinic. All 22 dental assistants at Carver are proud members of ADAA!
ALSO NOTED
ALBUQUERQUE TECHNICAL VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE
Albuquerque, NM
Presented by Bernadette Jojola, CDA


Students e-mailed an announcement to area dentists from the school's web site. They did a follow up fax and even some hand deliveries of DARW notices to Albuquerque dental offices. A Spanish potluck dinner was held in celebration including students, case manager and staff. To call attention to DARW publicly, students presented an Institute mug filled with toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste to a local television station which acknowledges these contributions.
CAPE MAY COUNTY TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Cape May Court House, NJ
Presented by Candida J. Ditzler, CDA, RDA


A preschool class was invited to visit this school's classroom and students made a presentation concerning brushing and nutrition. Volunteers were invited to have pictures taken with the intra oral camera.
COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO
Twin Falls, ID
Presented by Tonja Bowcut, CDA


March Fourth was celebrated by students at Southern Idaho who made baskets of oral care products for all the babies born on March 4 (and for their parents) at local hospitals ... these efforts earned them photos and a write up in a local newspaper. On March 5, the students were surprised with a luncheon hosted by the faculty. During March, school children were invited to visit the lab on campus where students explained oral health procedures and made presentations. These students also participated in a Science Trek project featuring the mixing process of the many dental materials encountered. All Southern Idaho students are ADAA members.
CST COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Chattanooga, TN
Presented by Karen Castleberry


Third and fourth year high school students were treated to dental assisting career presentations by the d.a. students of CST who also participated in a DARW poster contest. These d.a. students took the opportunity of DARW to sell toothbrushes and toothpaste as a fund raising activity.
ELI WHITNEY VOC TECH
Hamden, CT
Presented by Janice R McMorran


The dental assisting program at Eli Whitney celebrated its 40th year during DARW and a banquet was held to commemorate the event. Attendees received a tote bag and mug.
THE INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH EDUCATION
Fairfield, NJ


Dental assisting students wore ribbons honoring dental assistants during their week and even asked other students and faculty to join them. They sponsored a three-mile walk-a-thon benefiting their local fire department and raised $600.
IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE
Lafayette, IN
Presented by Kathi Dougherty


Personal hygiene kits were purchased and donated to homeless shelters in honor of DARW. Students solicited donations from local merchants and restaurants to fund the kits and held a silent auction to raise money. In addition to the kits, a cash donation was made which will assist clients of the shelters to purchase bus tokens and other necessities.
KASKASKIA COLLEGE
Centralia, IL
Presented by Lori Schmidt


On campus, students made a bulletin board to let the rest of the school know about DARW, and then they designed and made cards and flower arrangements to distribute to local dental practices to make sure that their fellow professionals knew about the event. On a much larger scale, two students and an instructor visited local radio station WILY-FM and shared an hour of air time talking about dental health and careers in dental assisting. A breakfast celebration concluded the week.
LICKING COUNTY JOINT VOCATIONAL SCHOOL
Newark, OH
Presented by Susan Steinman


A group approach was taken by these 11 students to mount the activities chosen for DARW. These included parents visitation day, flowers for local dental assistants, dental presentations for local day care and elementary schools and their own DARW breakfast.
MEDIAN SCHOOL
Pittsburgh, PA
Presented by Carol DeAngelis, RDH


An ambitious list of activities was undertaken by the students of Median School which included a toothbrush sale for the benefit of the 9-11 New York fund,a food drive for homeless shelters, oral health presentations to day care children and career presentations to high school seniors. DARW materials were sent to local dental offices as well. Highlighting the week were an essay contest called "Why I've chosen to be a dental assistant" and procuring proclamations from the City of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Governor, and Rick Santorum, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.
PIMA MEDICAL INSTITUTE
Seattle, WA
Presented by Karen Rebiger


A videotaped presentation on flossing was recorded by students for viewing by the whole school in the lunchroom in addition to a table clinic staffed by students dispensing toothbrushes and floss. More publicly, the class made up brochures and posters concerning various aspects of oral health maintenance and visited retirement homes to distribute denture and regular tooth brushes.
SEATTLE VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE
Seattle, WA
Presented by Margaret M. Camden, CDA


Community outreach was the focus of this year's DARW observation at Seattle Vocational with oral health and nutrition presentation to high school students. A slide presentation demonstrated tooth decay and a brushing demonstration was presented with Typodent teeth models. Students also launched a "March is Join the ADAA Month" with 90% participation gained.
WESTERN PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Morganton, NC
Presented by Naomi Smith


A community service program of dental care for needy children in two NC counties concluded during DARW. Western Piedmont's 20 dental assisting students were joined by hygiene students, county health departments and local dentists to provide care for 100 children.
YORK TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Rock Hill, SC
Presented by Wanda C. Hayes, CDA, RDH


Career presentations and oral health care demonstrations were provided by York's d.a. students at local schools and a college health fair. At a luncheon for students hosted by faculty, a proclamation from the Governor was read and everyone received a rose and a pen.
DENTAL OFFICES--1 TO 5 ASSISTANTS
FIRST PLACE
COMFORT DENTISTRY (BUSINESS ASSISTANTS)
Dry Ridge, KY
Presented by Veyann P. Henry, CDPMA &
Tiffany Beaver


Oral hygiene presentations were made by the business team of this practice to primary schools in the area. Brushing, flossing and toothbrush care were presented as well as instructions on how to give the d.a. cheer: "Dental Assistants are the Best!"
DENTAL OFFICES--6 OR MORE ASSISTANTS
FIRST PLACE
7TH DENTAL SQUADRON
Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH
Presented by Clint McCoy


7th Dental Squadron kicked off the week with a complimentary breakfast for the entire dental staff at which a proclamation from the Governor of Ohio was presented and a letter of congratulations from the Air Force Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services. A bowling party was held, a pot luck lunch and a continuing education presentation given. $350 worth of door prizes were awarded to the dental staff and two ADAA memberships were paid. Daily information booths at the base medical center were staffed covering all aspects of dental assisting and over 800 toothbrush and toothpaste kits were distributed.
SECOND PLACE
UNIVERSITY PARK ENDODONTICS
Leawood, KS
Presented by Paul A. Jones, DDS


The staff of this dental office was honored on a day by day basis: Monday: complimentary breakfast; Tuesday: Balloons and candy; Wednesday: Lunch; Thursday: Cookie bears decorated as clinical assistants (with masks) or coordinators; Friday: lunch, massage and facial at a local day spa. (the certificate for this was presented on Friday with the event on Saturday. Its announcement well in advance added to the anticipation.
HONORABLE MENTION
55TH DENTAL SQUADRON
Offutt AFB, NE
Presented by Sr. M/Sgt Randy J. Voigtschild


Electronic recognition on the entrance marquee at Offutt AFB told everyone it was DARW and staff t-shirts advertised who was involved. An article in the base paper completed the coverage. During the week, a dinner and luncheon were held as well as a bowling party which included spouses. Dinner entertainment included the "Dentist/Assistant Game" a variation on the newlywed game.
ALSO NOTED
BRANCH DENTAL CLINIC
Naval Station Everett, WA


Banners with photos of dental assistants were placed in the waiting rooms and a DARW notice adorned the window of the clinic and operatory entrances. A pizza luncheon was held and one evening a cake was presented. Bravo Zulu Awards (attaboys to civilians) were also made for special past efforts and results.
BROADWAY SOUTH DENTAL GROUP
Denver, CO
Presented by Sima Gelman


A generous shopping spree was funded by Broadway South with each assistant receiving $150 for shopping at Park Meadows Mall. The assault on the retail facility was followed by lunch in the mall.
DENTAL CLINIC
Little Rock AFB, AR
Presented by Barbara King


A banner, balloons and pictures of the 20 dental assistants at this base honored DARW, and the assistants themselves were treated to lunch, pens and fun gifts including tickets to base events and eateries.
DENTAL CLINIC
McConnell AFB, KS
Presented by Maj. Mark R. Henderson


The 26 dental assistants at this base were treated to lunch and a laudatory speech from their commander, and later, six base dentists rented a sports park for clinic personnel and their families for unlimited, complimentary use.
59TH DENTAL SQUADRON
Lackland AFB, TX
Presented by Sr. M/Sgt Angelina Keaton


A huge picnic for nearly 400 dental personnel was given to kick off DARW, and the dental squadron commander presented ten dental reservists with a complimentary squadron shirt. Traditional picnic games were held following the food and presentations.
OCEANA DENTAL CLINIC
Naval Air Station
Virginia Beach, VA
Presented by LonVondee Stallings


Flyers were placed around the dental clinic recognizing DARW, and each assistant received a bouquet at a luncheon provided for them. Ms. Stallings emphasizes, however, that the assistants are appreciated and recognized all year long at this naval clinic.
10TH DENTAL SQUADRON, LOCATION A
Peterson AFB, CO
Presented by M/Sgt Allen P. Garcia


Two local papers provided coverage of DARW and highlighted contributions made by the 28 assistants at this base. A cookout and bowling party hosted by dental providers for the assistants was also held during DARW.
A Salute to all the participants of
DARW 2002 Competition

ASSOCIATIONS

Akron (OH) DAS
Diablo (CA) DAS
Genesee District (MI) DAS
Grand Rapids (MI) DAS
Northern Virginia (VA) DAS
Oakland County (MI) DAS
Stark County (OH) DAS
Washtenaw District (MI) DAS
West Virginia DAA

SCHOOLS

Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute
Albuquerque, NM
Cape May County Technical School
Cape May Court House, NJ
Carver Career & Technical Ed Center, Charleston, WV
College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID
CST Community College, Chattanooga, TN
Eli Whitney Voc Tech, Hamden, CT
The Institute for Health Education, Fairfield, NJ
Ivy Tech State College, Lafayette, IN
Kaskaskia College, Centralia, IL
Licking County Joint Vocational School, Newark, OH
Median School, Pittsburgh, PA
Mercer County Technical Education Center, Princeton, WV
North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND
Ozark Technical Community College, Springfield, MO
PIMA Medical Institute, Seattle, WA
Seattle Vocational Institute, Seattle, WA
Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton, NC
York Technical College, Rock Hill, SC

1-5 ASSISTANTS

Comfort Dentistry (Business Assistants), Dry Ridge, KY

6 OR MORE ASSISTANTS

Branch Dental Clinic, Naval Station Everett, WA
Broadway South Dental Group, Denver, CO
Dental Clinic, Little Rock AFB, AR
Dental Clinic, McConnell AFB, KS
55th Dental Squadron, Offutt AFB, NE
59th Dental Squadron, Lackland AFB, TX
Oceana Dental Clinic, Naval Air Station, Virginia Beach, VA
7th Dental Squadron. Wright Patterson AFB, OH
10th Dental Squadron, Location A, Peterson AFB, CO
University Park Endodontics, Leawood, KS
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