ASHE COUNTY —Ashe County High School student Anna Corley was recently awarded the Young Oral Health Leadership Award from America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation on June 3.
The award is given to young adults who act as children’s oral health advocates in their community by providing oral health education, organizing fundraisers, or inspiring policy change.
Corley received the award for creating a project to educate second, third and fourth graders at Mountain View and Westwood Elementary schools about proper brushing and flossing techniques and the effects of not taking care of your teeth.
Corley will receive a $300 scholarship, a college recommendation letter from America’s ToothFairy, and a framed certificate. She will also be featured on America’s ToothFairy’s website as one of the 2015 winners.
Corley is a member of the ACHS Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study orthodontics. She said plans to use the scholarship for AP courses at ACHS or for college.
According to Corley, ACHS health science instructor and HOSA advisor Olivia Jenkins encouraged her to do the project.
America’s ToothFairy was founded in 2006 as a non-profit organization to promote oral health education and care to children throughout North America.
In 2014, 1.9 million received oral health services from partnerships and programs provided by America’s Toothfairy.
According to America’s ToothFairy, tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood illness in America and 17 million children lack access to quality dental care.
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