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Smile Drive a success

National Honor Society students from Alexandria Area High School are pictured with Sheri Streasick (middle) from Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf. The students conducted a SmileDrive, donating all items to the food shelf. The students are, left to right, Megan Schneider, Katie Kent, Alexis Habberstad and Jackson Grove. (Contributed)

More than 800 dental hygiene products were donated to Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf last week.

The items, including 137 tubes of toothpaste, 261 toothbrushes, 60 mouthwashes, 350 containers of floss and seven dental informational booklets, were collected at designated Alexandria businesses as part of America's ToothFairy Smile Drive fundraising campaign.

The campaign this year was led by students in the Alexandria Area High School National Honor Society. The students were contacted by Connie Fields, who represents Early Childhood Dental Network, which has previously been in charge of the drive.

"We would like to thank the community for their involvement in the success of this project, said Jackson Grove, president of the honor society. "We are especially thankful to the local dentists and orthodontic offices who participated. They were our main donors and we can't thank them enough."

Designed to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and collect oral care products for underserved children, the Smile Drive is held each year nationwide throughout the month of March or April in honor of National Children's Dental Health Month.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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