By Bea Magana, Sullivans Elementary School Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Students from The Sullivans School on board Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka participated in Children’s Dental Health Month activities coordinated by U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka’s Dental Doctorate in February. The activities included Dental Screenings, a variety of interactive lessons, and a Dental Health Month poster contest.
“The Dental Doctorate looks forward to the events every year,” said Carey Collins Deisley, Coordinator of the Children’s Dental Health Month event. “All of the volunteers have fun interacting with and educating the children, and we feel we are providing a valuable service identifying children in need of dental care.”
This year the USNH Yokosuka Dental Team screened a total of 726 students, of which 493 (68 percent) had no visible dental needs, 181 (25 percent) had visible non-urgent needs, and 52 (7 percent) had urgent dental needs. The annual dental screenings provide students at The Sullivans School with a valuable preventive opportunity.
Shawn Bogen, a nurse on staff at The Sullivans School, said she appreciated the services provided by USNH Yokosuka’s Dental Doctorate.
“We can’t say enough praise for our USNH Yokosuka Dental Team! The activities they do with our students are fun and engaging, as well as health promoting.”
“The dental team did an excellent job screening students,” said Dawn Harts, a first grade teacher at The Sullivans School. “They were very well prepared. My students loved the dental video they showed and couldn’t wait to get home and brush their teeth. The puppets also made it extra fun!”
FLEACT Yokosuka is home to Nile C. Kinnick High School, Yokosuka Middle School, Ikego Elementary School and The Sullivans Elementary School. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces, 71 tenant commands, and 26,000 military and civilian personnel.
The Sullivans School is the largest school in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) with a student body of approximately 1,200 in grades K-5. DoDEA Pacific’s schools serve nearly 23,000 military-connected children of U.S. Service members and civilian support personnel stationed throughout the Pacific Theater.