Technology can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Today was a busy day in our chartless, paperless all digital orthodontic office. Electronic check in, chairside charting and imaging, digital radiography all enhance our ability to serve our patients well. However, this afternoon our servers went down and our internet phones shut down. I was immediately in contact with our IT guys, who told me it was related to the recent electrical storm. I fell behind schedule and patients and parents were kept waiting. In the middle of the chaos, one of the moms comes over and gives me a check for the Smile Rescue Fund for Kids and later another mom stuffed a one hundred dollar bill into my hands to be donated to the fund. Wow. How about that. Bottom line: today was a good day.
The children had the fantastic idea to sell bracelets throughout the school at $1 each. Engraved on each bracelet were the words “Kids Working for Kids.” I visited the school to talk about Saline and the Smile Rescue Fund for Kids. The children were very curious about the details of my missions and asked many questions. I asked them how they felt about participating in the project. The consensus was that it “felt good inside to help someone else.”
I couldn’t agree more.
We congratulate Mrs. Siegel and the students at Barton Elementary School and hope that this will be a model for other schools.
Are you a teacher or parent interested in developing a fundraising program? Contact me and I’ll be happy to help: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Leon Klempner
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