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“Miles for Smiles” helps children with dental care

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-  A pilot program kicking off in Northeast Arkansas will help children have a brighter dental future.

Thursday the "Miles for Smiles" program officially began at the Jonesboro Micro-Society School during Children's Dental Health Month.  Students will walk 15 miles during March and April while asking for donations for every mile they walk. 

Then one class from each grade that raised the most money will be rewarded with a pizza/yogurt party.  Teachers will also receive a Kindle and, along students, be recognized during an awards ceremony.

During the month of May, all of the students who participated in the program will get as many free dental sealants as needed to help prevent future tooth decay. 

All of the money raised will go to the Doing Dental Services for Northeast Arkansas Foundation, who partnered with UAMS AHEC Northeast to start the program.

Parents and students have until March 1 to sign up.

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