This program is designed for oral health projects requesting toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss needed to support oral health programs.
Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations on a rolling basis throughout the year and must include an oral health education component.
Rethink Your Drink
Schools that are selected for the “Rethink Your Drink” program will have an old drinking fountain replaced with a new Elkay water fountain/bottle filling station.
Drinking optimally fluoridated water from the tap, or water fountain, provides needed hydration and also protects tooth enamel and makes it more resistant to cavities. Students in Iowa schools are encouraged to choose optimally fluoridated water over sugary, sweetened beverages this year.
Selected schools will also receive reusable water bottles for all students and staff and an opportunity for an additional $500 to design and implement an educational campaign encouraging students to drink more water during the school day.
All Iowa schools are welcome to apply for the “Rethink Your Drink” program. Applications are due September 22. Priority will be given to:
- Communities with optimally fluoridated water,
- Schools that have the highest rates of free and reduced price lunch, and
- Schools that do not already have a water bottle filling station installed in their building.
The program, “Rethink Your Drink” is funded by Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation and supported by the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Iowa Public Health Association, Iowa Department of Education and Balfrey & Johnston, Inc.
Smart Smiles® in School
Teaching children the importance of proper oral hygiene is needed to develop a lifetime of healthy smiles. Smart Smiles® in School is an oral health teaching kit designed to be an engaging and interactive curriculum for students from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Smart Smiles kits are intended for outreach education on an ongoing basis in schools, child care centers and other child-focused community-based organizations.
Please note: One (1) Smart Smiles® in School kit may be requested per not-for-profit organization.