October 9, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Dental assistant and hygiene students at John A. Logan College will again host “Project Smile,” a community-service project that offers free dental services to area children from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 in Building D.

This year marks the 11th straight year for the project. Services include cleanings, exams, and sealants.

Additionally, cosmetology students at JALC will provide free haircuts and fingernail polishing, while criminal justice students will offer free fingerprinting services. There will also be a game room for the children to use while waiting to be serviced.

JALC dental assisting and hygiene instructor Sharon Jenkins said service-learning projects like “Project Smile” are important to a student’s growth as a future professional.

“That actual experience is what’s important,” she said. “Collaboration with faculty, one another, leadership skills, communication skills, social responsibility, and career development are just a few findings we have seen from our service-learning project.

“This project makes student learning come alive,” Jenkins said. “Students actually see what they have studied and help someone who was in need of the skill they possessed. This type of learning goes a long way in helping to instill a sense of servicein our students. This project is an experience that we cannot replicate in the classroom.”

Pam Karns, dental hygiene instructor, said appointments may be scheduled in advance through the Dental Hygiene Clinic at 618-985-2828, X8690.

Cosmetology instructor Nancy Jo Crowell said her students really enjoy the service-learning project because it is an opportunity to increase their competence in many skill areas and because the opportunity exposes them to a potential client/cosmetologist relationship for the future.

“The greatest plus for the students is having a feeling of fulfillment in relation to giving back to the community that is helping them develop a lifetime career.”


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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.