Real Property and Homes graphic for banner

The Finer Properties of the Valley of the Sun

The Finer Properties of the Valley of the Sun

Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation and Arizona PBS name 2022 Children’s Writing Contest winners

Photo of Delta Dental Children's Writing Contest Winners
A view of the 2022 Children’s Writing Contest winners moments before awards were bestowed.
(File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)

Inaugural Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation contest a success

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation and Arizona PBS are announcing winners of the inaugural Children’s Writing Contest, which is part of a larger “Healthy Smiles” campaign to promote good oral health to children across the state.

Through the program, kids in pre-K through third grade were invited to write and illustrate a story about having healthy teeth, gums and a great smile, according to a press release.

The first-place winners, each of whom were awarded a PBS KIDS PlayPad Tablet and a Delta Dental gift basket with dental care items, are:

  • Pre-K: Simone D’Costa of Tempe,
  • Kindergarten: Maren Rode of Tempe,
  • 1st Grade: Claire Johnstone of Dewey,
  • 2nd Grade: Elizabeth Beckstein of Scottsdale,
  • 3rd Grade: Amber Ramirez of Chandler.

Twyla Hage of Fort Mohave took home second-place honors at the statewide writing contest. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)

Delta Dental winners continued:

The second-place winners, each of whom were awarded an Arizona PBS KIDS and Delta Dental gift basket of dental care items as well as children’s books and a PBS KIDS stuffed animal, are:

  • Pre-K: Twyla Hage of Fort Mohave,
  • Kindergarten: Emily D’Costa of Tempe,
  • 1st Grade: Lydia Smith of Central Phoenix,
  • 2nd Grade: Sylvia Fletcher of Chandler,
  • 3rd Grade: Ezra Brewer of Gilbert.

The third-place winners, each of whom were awarded an Arizona PBS KIDS and Delta Dental gift basket of dental care items and children’s books, are:

  • Pre-K: Ben Hall of Surprise,
  • Kindergarten: Monty Molina of Tempe,
  • 1st Grade: Sophia Perez of Avondale,
  • 2nd Grade: Maeve Cibelli of North Phoenix/Deer Valley,
  • 3rd Grade: Emily Acedo of Chandler.

Through the contest and a series of free events, the statewide campaign centered on boosting family involvement in good oral health practices, focusing on the importance of brushing twice a day, changing toothbrushes regularly and visiting the dentist twice a year, according to a press release.

A series of free events were held from February to September in rural areas, including Bouse, Bullhead City, Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu City, Parker, Prescott Valley, Safford, San Luis, Somerton, Tucson and Yuma. Each event featured PBS characters, educational crafts, activities and giveaways for children up to age 8, the release states.

Local dental professionals also offered free dental screenings and fluoride varnish treatments.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Category Sponsor

Learn About the Author

Published On:

Category Sponsor

SUSD

Newsletter Sign Up

Scottsdale Daily Beat - Logo

Could we interest you in Local News That Matters? How about Enterprise Business Reporting & Real Property & Homes?

Anna Square
OneSky Square
Final Ortega 336x280 (1)
Cover_Spring 2024 SUSD Showcase magazine
Western