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"Project Smile" offers free dental care in southern Illinois

CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

For the 11th straight year, John A. Logan College dental assistant and hygiene students will offer free dental services through its “Project Smile,” community-service project Friday, October 30th.

Students provide cleanings, exams and sealants for area children 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building D.

Families say it's a big help.

"It's very beneficial not only for my family but for lots of people out in the community," Shayna Shadowen said. "For those of us that don't have dental insurance, that's a lot of money out of our pockets that we could use and take them to do other things with."

"It's very very helpful to have that extra support in your community," Constance Hood said.

Also, JALC cosmetology students will be giving out free haircuts and fingernail polishing, and criminal justice students will offer free fingerprinting services.

JALC criminal justice students gave out free child identification kits to the parents.

"It's an association with the FBI and the National Association of High School Coaches for football," criminal Justice instructor, Eric Heiple said.  And those IDs kits are really to be used if something happens to the children and the parents can then quickly give law enforcement that identification kit and they can quickly find the child without the parents having to try and find photos or any of that identification information."

Heiple says this is one way to assist that process to make it more successful in finding those kids, whether their lost, or those who may have run away from home.

There will also be a game room for the children.

While walk-ins will be accepted, organizers say calling ahead for an appointment will make wait times shorter. To make an appointment call the JALC Dental Hygiene Clinic at 618-985-2828 ext. 8690.

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