A Westside Elementary School student received a pleasant surprise among arriving at school Monday morning. 


 

A Westside Elementary School student received a pleasant surprise among arriving at school Monday morning. 
 

Julissa Salas, a third-grade student, receive a new bicycle, helmet and accessories for her winning entry in the Kansas Dental Association's Childrens Dental Health Month Coloring Contest. 
 

The Kansas Dental Association offers material for school nurses and teachers for classroom presentation as part of the Kansas third-grade curriculum. That teaching module culminates with a coloring contest that each Kansas third-grade student is encouraged to enter the contest. 
 

Local orthodontist Gina Pinamonti and her "Smileoutloud" team also visits schools to present information to third-graders about oral hygiene and tooth-brushing. Her team also collects the students' coloring entries. 
 

"I close my office and my staff and I make a day of going to the Pittsburg elementary schools to educate third graders about oral health care," Pinamonti said. "Each public and private school on our record is given the educational and entry information for the contest and chance to participate.  The third-grade curriculum covers dental health, so it makes sense that the teachers use this supplemental information for the students and they can turn the coloring entry form in to me and have a chance to win a $150 bicycle."
 

Third-grade classes participating in the coloring contest were Riverton, Yates Center, Haderlein in Girard, St. Patrick’s from Chanute, Lakeside, Westside, George Nettels and St. Mary’s-Colgan from Pittsburg.