St. John Valley

Fort Kent kids promote healthy teeth in coloring contest

Caitlyn L’Italien holds the bookmark she received as a kindergarten grade winner in Fort Kent Elementary School’s recent dental health coloring contest. Ten winners earned recognition for artwork promoting good dental habits. (Courtesy of Marissa Albert)

FORT KENT, Maine — Children at Fort Kent Elementary School recently participated in a dental health coloring contest organized by the St. John Valley Oral Health Stakeholders Committee.

The Committee is made up of the following organizations in the St. John Valley; Fish River Rural Health, Aroostook County Action Program, SAD 27 and Maine Families Aroostook. This year’s coloring contest slogan was “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.”

The committee chose two winners chosen from each grade (pre-K to grade 3) for a total of 10 winners. Students in pre-K and kindergarten had their winning entries featured on bookmarks, while those in grades 1-3 saw their artwork featured on T-shirts.

All children in pre-K and kindergarten received oral health bookmarks with the winning entries’ artwork. Winning students and their supportive classroom teachers received the oral health T-shirts.

This year’s contest winners were: Sadie Raymond and Mckenna Jandreau, pre-K; Quinn St. Peter and Caitlyn L’Italien, kindergarten; Simone Guimond and Charlotte Grange, grade 1; Brandon Fecteau and Easton Daigle, grade 2; and Reese Doucette and Piper Ashley, grade 3.

Marissa Albert, Fish River Rural Health’s Community Oral Health project coordinator, along with all members of the St. John Valley Oral Health Stakeholders Committee thank the SAD 27 teachers and staff who helped make this year’s coloring contest successful.

Funding for the contest was made available through the Maine Oral Health Funders.

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