Two elementary school teachers in the Socorro Independent School District were awarded the My Kool Smiles Classroom Grant for going above and beyond to promote dental health education in the classroom.
Arleen Parada, a kindergarten teacher at Lujan-Chavez Elementary, and Crystal Leyva, a first-grade teacher at Elfida P. Chavez Elementary, were among five elementary educators in the nation to earn the $1,000 grant by the children’s dental health provider Kool Smiles and the Benevis Foundation.
Parada and Leyva won the award for their original, creative and engaging lesson plans that endorse good dental health practices.
“I used videos and engagement activities to demonstrate how they need to care for their teeth,” Leyva said. “We also created bar graphs to show how many teeth students have lost each month.”
The educators said teaching dental hygiene is vital for student’s health and their success, and is an important part of caring for the whole child in Team SISD.
“We are not just teaching our students academics, we teach them life lessons,” Parada said. “Simple things like …