In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month in October, the NOVA / Germanna Community College (GCC) dental hygiene program participated in several community projects. The second-year students gave oral hygiene instructions and education at several events including MVLE.
MVLE was founded in 1971 by concerned parents of four adult individuals with disabilities who were seeking to create opportunities for their children beyond the special education provided in their high schools. Incorporated in 1972, MVLE established itself at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Virginia with the purpose of providing vocational and day support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Students visited each of the three area locations, two in Springfield and one in Chantilly and provided presentations to between 35 to 40 individuals at each location. The students also visited nine Head Start classrooms at the Mount Vernon Community Center in Alexandria and gave presentations to about 18 children per classroom.
The seven second-year students that are also at the Germanna Community College site participated in a health fair, promoting oral health as a part of total wellness.
Professor Marina McGraw (MEC) organized the events, and Professor Julie Phillips (MEC) assisted with the Head Start event.