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HCC AWARDED FUNDING FROM KATE B. REYNOLDS CHARITABLE TRUST FOR PILOT PROGRAM
Program will benefit area school children

Halifax Community College (HCC) has been awarded a $119,650 five-year grant by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem. Funding will create a pilot program that will provide free, basic dental care for area school children. Local school superintendents, principals, school nurses, and dentists are partnering with the college to ensure the program's success.

The grant will establish the HCC Healthy Smiles Dental Care Program through the college's Dental Hygiene Program for area children who otherwise will not get dental care. The Healthy Smiles program will help alleviate the barrier to dental access for at least 30 percent of elementary school children in Northampton and Halifax counties through a comprehensive program of individual assessments, sealants, fluoride treatments, x-rays, education, and parental involvement to encourage habitual oral care as a family lifestyle.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was created in 1947 by the will of Mrs. William N. Reynolds of Winston-Salem. Three-fourths of the Trust's grants are designated for use for health-related programs and services across North Carolina and one-fourth for the poor and needy of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.