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Good Works: Donations allow ISU to provide dental program at elementary school

Mary Johnson, owner of the Chubbuck McDonald’s; Ernie Unger, board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Charities Idaho; Ellen Rogo, assistant professor of the Department of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State University; Karen Portillo, assistant professor of the Department of Dental Hygiene; Kristen Calley, Department of Dental Hygiene chairwoman; Mindy Plumlee, executive director of Ronald McDonald House of Charities Idaho; and Trent Cichos, owner of the Blackfoot and Idaho Falls McDonald’s restaurants, pose with a donation check. Photo courtesy of ISU.

Mary Johnson, owner of the Chubbuck McDonald’s; Ernie Unger, board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Charities Idaho; Ellen Rogo, assistant professor of the Department of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State University; Karen Portillo, assistant professor of the Department of Dental Hygiene; Kristen Calley, Department of Dental Hygiene chairwoman; Mindy Plumlee, executive director of Ronald McDonald House of Charities Idaho; and Trent Cichos, owner of the Blackfoot and Idaho Falls McDonald’s restaurants, pose with a donation check. Photo courtesy of ISU.

Grants from the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Idaho and Idaho Power are allowing the Idaho State University Department of Dental Hygiene to purchase mobile dental equipment and start a school-based sealant program at Greenacres Elementary School in Pocatello.

The Idaho Power grant is for $500 and the Ronald McDonald House grant is for $7,050.

The ISU department will rotate two to four senior dental hygiene students and faculty weekly to offer dental care to roughly 70 second-grade students in spring 2014. The money will be used to purchase equipment for a mobile dental operatory, including a patient chair and compressor for dental tools.

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