It is with much gratitude that I write this letter on behalf of the Kiwanis Young Professionals Club, a club satellite of Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country in Payson. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
The Young Professionals recognized the disparity in oral health care for children in Payson who are without insurance and the means to receive necessary dental care. Members of the Young Professionals made a goal to help some of these children with their urgent dental needs. Through planning, fund-raising and outreach efforts we have partnered with a dedicated group of dental professional volunteers, the Payson Unified School District, school nurses/health aides, and student advocates at the district office. We are also so grateful to be able to partner with the Gracie Lee Haught Foundation to help with this project. In this initial dental program we were able to provide much needed care for 18 students during the school year.
The Young Professionals Club would like to thank all Kiwanians and the Payson community for their support, and give appreciation to PostNet and the Payson Roundup for generously printing and advertising our fund-raising efforts.
We would also like to recognize and thank the following dentists, dental hygienists and their staff for volunteering their services to help the children that have been identified through our partnerships: Dr. Charles Beier, Dr. Steven Booth, Dr. Houston Davis, Dr. Ryan Diquattro, Dr. Levi Haught, Dr. Douglas Kerr, Dr. Thomas Mattern, Dr. Gustavo Wilson, Jodi Homes R.D.H., Yesenia Perez R.D.H., and the staff members from each office that have worked diligently to help us.
I am so proud and honored to be a part of this dental community in Payson. These professionals and their staff are dedicated to this community and are a wonderful example of caring and compassionate individuals.
The PUSD has taken an active role in advancing this project. We have appreciated the support from the district as well as the individual schools. We would like to recognize and give our appreciation to some of the staff who have helped us tremendously: Mr. Casey O’Brien, Susan Campbell, Allic Balles, Blanche Oakland, Dani Hatch, Linda Swartwood, Laurie Lindell, AnnMaree Thompson and Ginny Ennen. We feel fortunate that we have so many caring people that are wonderful student advocates.
Kristin M. Wade, D.M.D., member, Kiwanis Young Professionals