Free Smiles for Kids! CRC Hosts 2nd Annual Free Mobile Dental Clinic for Students in South LA
For the second year in a row, CRC partnered with the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) to host a free mobile dental clinic providing much-needed dental services to 150 low-income middle school and elementary students. The dental clinic was held October 16–25 at John Muir Middle School and Bud Long Elementary School in south Los Angeles and extended to many of the student’s family members in need of dental care.
A special kickoff for the dental clinic was held on Saturday, October 19th with the support of Dr. George J. McKenna, LAUSD Board Member, District 1; Scott M. Schmerelson, LAUSD Board Member, District 3; Curren D. Price, Jr., Los Angeles City Councilmember, 9th District; and the office of U.S. Senator from California, Kamala Harris.
“It’s important not only for these students, but it’s also important for this whole community that they know this exists,” said Dr. George J. McKenna, referring to the dental clinic program. “It gives students the opportunity to get treatment that they may not be able to get on their own or may not have ever had.”
This two-year program in LAUSD is the second of its kind between CRC and USC in the Los Angeles area; which initially began with an engagement 2 years ago in Kern County. The partnership’s multi-year commitments throughout California help address the ongoing need for dental care for the most vulnerable students in critical need of care.
CRC’s employees and volunteers are honored to provide free smiles for kids and support a healthier Los Angeles one tooth at a time!
Photo credit: Glenn Marzano