Dentists, pre-schoolers and “Toy Story” could all be found at the McPherson Opera House on Sept. 25 as USD 418’s preschool classes participated in Tooth Story Dental Night.  

Abby Church, Assistant director of health and safety, and Shannon Shaw, preschool family advocate, organized a fun and informative evening for families.  

Dr. Kati Beam, Dr. Matthew Perry, staff from Dr. Ken Cotton’s office and GraceMed all brought activities for and interacted with children showing them the positive side of dental care. Children were seen brushing giant teeth, talking with Major Molar and learning about healthy teeth.  

Local high school students also volunteered by helping with the children that evening.

Meanwhile, parents completed a dental survey and were given the book, “What to do for Healthy Teeth.” They then listened as Amy Brunk, former USD 418 school nurse, gave a presentation on the importance of good dental care.

Family advocates will follow up with families that participated throughout the year.  

Families that were not able to participate in the formal presentation will have the opportunity to receive the book and discuss important dental information with their family advocate.

Parents and children came together to enjoy healthy snacks as they watched the movie, “Toy Story.”

This fun and educational evening was made possible by a donation from the McPherson Optimist Club, as well as the generosity of staff of the McPherson Opera House.

The Early Childhood Program is in its second year of participating in the Health Literacy Grant, sponsored by the UCLA Healthcare Institute and Johnson & Johnson.

The Early Childhood Preschool Program is a part of USD 418.  The program currently has 3- and 4-year-old classes in all four elementary schools in McPherson. If anyone is interested in the program, they may contact the office at 620-241-9590.