My Kool Smiles Classroom Grant Program Winners!

In celebration of Children’s Dental Health Month, Kool Smiles announced it would award five $1,000 classroom grants through the My Kool Smiles Classroom Grant Program to K-5 teachers who go above and beyond in promoting dental health and education in the classroom!

Kool Smiles accepted submissions February 1 – March 30, 2018; we are excited to announce our winners.

These teachers or educators are receiving a $1,000 Kool Smiles classroom grant:

  1. Arleen Parada Clinton, TX Lujan Chavez Elementary

“Thank you, Kool Smiles, for supporting our roles as teachers in the community,” said Arleen Parada, a kindergarten teacher at Lujan Chavez Elementary School in El Paso, Texas.  “I plan on continuing to make dental health a key part of our curriculum with this classroom grant.”

  1. Crystal Leyva El Paso, TX Elfida Chavez Elementary

“My class and I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the grant! I am ecstatic and cannot wait to purchase supplies to further my students’ education and to create an even better learning environment for them,” said Crystal Leyva, a teacher at Elfida Chavez Elementary in El Paso, Texas.

  1. Jessica Liu New Britain, CT Roosevelt Middle School

“Our school is very excited to receive this grant! Thank you for supporting educators in the community,” said Jessica Liu, a kindergarten teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in New Britain, Conn.

  1. LaChandra Hooper Sheppard Air Force Base, TX Sheppard Elementary School

“My classroom is very excited to be given this valuable grant.  We plan on using it for literacy and promoting the love of reading,” said LaChandra Hooper, a teacher at Sheppard Elementary School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.

  1. Marian Pinson Dalton, GA Westwood Elementary School

“I am so grateful for this opportunity Kool Smiles has provided. I plan on using the grant to buy more education tools for our elementary school,” said Marian Pinson, a teacher at Westwood Elementary School in Dalton, Ga.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination and thank you to all teachers and educators working to promote dental health in the classroom and their community!

The Kool Smiles classroom grant program is sponsored by the Benevis Foundation. For more information, please visit

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