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Doing Well by Doing Good

                 Did you know over 133 students drop out of school every school day and only 45% ofNevada’s high school students graduate? During this past year the Pacific Dental Services-affiliated offices in the Nevada Region under the Smile Generation have partnered with Communities in Schools of Southern Nevada (CIS) to provide community support which helps students feel enriched, empowered and help them achieve success.

Starting in January 2011,  the Nevada Region issued a call to action asking our patients to donate items in exchange for discounts on treatment.  With our patient donations, we gathered enough jackets to fill the entire coat closet for CIS.  Then we asked for toys and school supplies and again our patients generously gave enough to supply CIS with months of birthday gifts for the kids and backpacks full of supplies, so they can start the school year off right. The year ended with a successful drive for toys and food for the holidays.

Our patients have been thrilled to help us with our mission to showSouthern Nevada’s students that their community is there for them. As a result, the Nevada Region and the Smile Generation were honored at the Clark CountySchool District’s Annual Recognition Breakfast along with many other companies including Stations Casinos, United Healthcare, Cox Communications and University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Regional Managers from Nevada show their award from CIS

Our region’s goal for 2011 was to become more involved with our community and make a difference.  By doing that, we developed enriched relationships within our team and with our patients.  We are looking forward to 2012 and developing more ways we can touch lives and create awareness for others to get involved in their communities. If any other regions are interested in developing programs with Communities in School, please log on to www.communtiesinschools.org to see if there is a chapter in your area.

 You can make a difference, too – donate, advocate or volunteer today!

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About Carisa Litzinger

Carisa is a Regional Marketing Assistant of Pacific Dental Services in the Nevada Region.