Sylvan Smiles

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Updated June 23, 2016 

In celebration of Better Speech and Hearing Month, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School once again raised money to support the Smile Train, an organization devoted to helping the millions of children in the world who suffer from cleft lip and palate through free surgery.

During a weeklong campaign, the students and staff celebrated the “things that make us smile” and took part in creating a “What Makes You Beautiful” music video. Each day followed a different clothing theme, and one day included a “Walk a Mile for a Smile” fun walk.

As a result of the schoolwide effort, Sylvan raised $4,000 for the organization. Thanks to a corporate match that doubled the amount, the school raised enough money for 32 surgeries.

Since 1999, the Smile Train has provided free cleft palate surgery to more than 580,000 children who would have otherwise never received it. The organization receives no government support and relies solely on donations from individuals and organizations.