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DARW 2013.


Burkhart Dental Supply, Tacoma, WA, submitted by Holly Kean

Burkhart Dental celebrated by promoting a drawing for dental assistant clients. Supply orders delivered during DARW included entry forms and a small chocolate. PLA Endodontics in Puyallup, WA, had the winning entry for Coach Madison Leather Kara Carryall purses for each of PLA Endodontics' four dental assistants. (Winners)

Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ, submitted by Roxane Terranova, CDA, RDA, MSM

The Camden County College Dental Assisting Class of 2013 presented each of their Supervised Clinical Experience affiliate sites with a bud vase and three wooden roses for DARW to show their appreciation for all the hard work and additional education the staff shared with them during this spring 2013 semester. (CCC DA students)



Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center Dental Clinic, Omaha, NE, submitted by Barbara Votrain, BS, CDA

The Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center (FLH&WC) Dental Clinic is open to all Native Americans. The four dental assistants are members of the ADAA with 58 years of combined dental assisting experience. In recognition of DARW, the dental director, staff dentist, and dental hygienists surprised the dental assistants with a cake decorated with this year's motto. All the staff at the center joined in the celebration. A luncheon was provided for the dental staff along with a gift bag. FLH&WC appreciates the hard work the dental assistants give each day. (FLH&WC dental assistants)

Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC, submitted by Tonya Riggins, CDA, CPFDA, DCT

The liaison committee from the GTC SADAA chapter made "Thank You" cards for their clinical rotation offices. The cards thanked the office dental assistants for sharing their time and knowledge with the students, and for their dedication to their patients. A luncheon was given in appreciation for the teachers and students, and a guest speaker from GTC's Cosmetology department showed students how to style their hair appropriately for the office. ("Hair Do" student volunteers)



Heald College, Hayward, CA, submitted by Edna Dolatre, CDA RDA

Heald College sponsored a free dental screening event and all the dental assisting students were given treats during the week. The dental assisting students performed coronal polish, took X-rays and applied pits and fissures sealant to patients. Instuctors Maria Canuto, DDS volunteered to perform oral prophylaxis and consultations, while Delfina Canete, RDA, CDA, supervised the students. Patients were asked to provide feedback and all of them claimed that they were treated by the students in a very professional manner. (Dr. Maria Canuto, with students)

Ivy Tech Community College, Anderson, IN, submitted by Teresa Macauley

Dental assisting students sponsored a "Dental Day" for over 300 underserved five- and six-year-old children. The students talked to the children about "good" and "bad" food for their teeth and the importance of toothbrushing. The students gave the children toothbrushes they could keep at their school so they could brush their teeth after lunch. (Dental assisting program students)



North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND, submitted by Lucinda Hanekom

Students distributed 16 dozen plates of homemade cookies to their affiliated dental office sites to thank the dental assistants for sharing their time, knowledge and skills. The NDSCS dental assisting program coordinator concluded DARW by providing a breakfast buffet for the students. The NDDAA also provided a buffet and presentation by board members highlighting importance of continued membership with the ADAA, the career of dental assisting and participation with the NDDAA. Door prizes were also given to every attendee. (2013 NDSCS Dental Assisting Students)

Orlando Tech, Orlando, FL, submitted by Cynthia Bradley, CDA, CDPMA, CPFDA, EFDA, MADAA, BA

The Dental Assisting Program honored their students during DARW with a breakfast and goodie bags. (Student dental assistants and instructors)



Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, MO, submitted by Christy Boyce-Goodson, RDH

Students sent 100 thank you cards to local dental assistants. The students also received insulated lunch bags filled with snacks as a gift. Several students also left for a faculty-led dental mission trip to Nicaragua during DARW. (Students)

Ross Medical Education Center, New Baltimore, MI, submitted by Christine McCauley, CDA, RDA

DARW was celebrated with students being given flowers and a part, featuring a tooth-shaped cake for dental assisting students and instructors. (Students and program instructors at the party)



San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, CA, submitted by Laura Collins, CDA, RDA, BVE

Students crafted "flower pens" and gifted bouquets with messages of appreciation to theft mentors at their directed clinical practice offices. The pens were used by some of the mentors to add a "pop of color" to their scrubs while others used the bouquets to brighten the office counters, with the pens offered to patients for use. (Students)

South Loop Dental Specialist, Chicago, IL, submitted by Tiffany Leefers

Several different treats during DARW were organized to show appreciation for dental assistants. Assistants were presented with a personalized card signed by the doctors and administrative staff. Assistants also received roses with a note attached stating, "Thanks for helping us grow; as well as a special lunch. DARW was concluded with an in-house chair massage for relaxation and stress relief. Spotlight announcements along with photos were posted on SLDS's social media sites as well. (SLDS dental assistants)



Stony Brook University, School of Dental Medicine, submitted by Maria Nardiello

The dental assistant program hosted a breakfast for staff and students during DARW. Janet Tuthill, RDA, MA, the dental assisting program director, also spoke to staff and students about forming a local component of the ADAA. (Students and program instructors, left)

YTI Career Institute-Lancaster Campus, Lancaster, PA, submitted by Jennifer Stone

Faculty and students attended the Lancaster County Dental Assistants Society's continuing education course, "How to Stay Young the First 100 Years" and Carpal Tunnel and Ergonomics, Issues affecting Dental Assistants, presented by Chiropractic 1st. Students learned more about the ADAA and how to become student members, with ten students signing up for membership. (Students and instructors)


Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN, submitted by Wilhemina R. Leeuw, CDA

DARW celebrations were a joint effort between the Isaac Knapp Dental Assisting Society of Indiana, the dental assisting program at Indiana University--Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), and representatives of dental companies. The Isaac Knapp DAS held a business and education meeting, featuring a first--ever Roundtable format Representatives from Henry Schein Dental, Garrison Dental Solutions and Midway Dental attended. Topics included sectional matrix solutions, ergonomics at chairside and learning to handle managed-care dentistry. The meeting included a catered pasta dinner and cake.

Twenty-three dental assisting students celebrated their externships and were presented with ADAA promotional flyers for DARW recognition. Students were also treated to sweets, and crafted cards stating their appreciation for being involved in the dental community and IPFW dental assisting program.

Remington College--Fort Worth, Forth Worth, TX, submitted by Rhonda Abbott

Students visited Dynasty Dental Laboratory in order to learn how a dental lab works with a dental office. Students were walked through the process of fixed and removable prostheses. They also volunteered at the Mission Arlington Dental Clinic, assisting with extractions, hygiene, X-rays, sterilization and front office duties. Former ADAA Ninth District Trustee, Ronda V. Lane, BDS, CDA, RDA, spoke to students about ADAA membership and her experience in the oral surgery field. Ms. Lane and students joined forces to be "Soldiers' Angels," collecting toiletries for the US military. Ms. Lane and students were honored with a luncheon at which college president, Gregg Falcon, grilled hot links for attendees.

The DARW 2014 kit will be available for download online at this December. Don't forget to download your kit and send ADAA news about how you celebrated dental assisting! DARW will take place March 2-8, 2014
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