Dental Health Program a success at Cooke

The Children’s Dental Health Program, held at Cooke Elementary School on Feb. 5, was a huge success with more than 140 children and family members attending.

A large group of children standing and clapping their hands during an event.

The children participated in games and activities, won some great dental-related prizes through raffles and enjoyed a delicious, nutritious dinner, all while learning about the importance of dental health and receiving a dental screening. There was also a health and wellness poster contest in which the students could participate.

A student wearing a blue shirt and visor holds a plate while a woman wearing a ponytail dishes out fruit to him. The table has lots of fruits and vegetables on it.
Daniel Weyer has some delicious fruit at the dental health night.

Good dental health is vital at every age but the sooner kids start practicing healthy oral habits, the better the chance they will carry them into adulthood.

Three adults stand with four older elementary school girls. all of the girls are wearing blue t-shirts with a white panther paw print on them.
Student Council members Navayah Bolden, Riley Barbato, Corinna Allen and Alexis Kearney helped with the event. They are seen here with EPIC Coordinator Jane Sorensen, Cooke Assistant Principal Melanie Hector and Cooke ALC Coordinator Kelly Mitchell.

“This was a wonderful event thanks to many partners of the Monticello Central School District,” said Dana Taylor, executive director of Special, Summer and After School Programs for the district. “Giving families a good experience with the dentist is a great way to encourage them to continue these healthy dental habits.”

Many students stand in lines. A girl wearing a maroon shirt fist bumps
Aliana Parades Torres gives an enthusiastic fist bump during one of the activities.

The district is grateful to PRASAD for its service to our community, as well as all of this program’s sponsors: Catskill Regional Medical Center Warrior Kids Program, the Monticello Empire Program, the EPIC program, Sullivan 180, SNAP-Ed, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Health Promotion Strategies and Fidelis Care.