Smile Train Week

Smile Train Week Photo
Students at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently celebrated Smile Train Week to recognize Better Speech and Hearing month as an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders.

To raise school spirits and promote fundraising, the week’s themes consisted of Pajama Day, Sports Day, Career Day, Wear Your Best Smiles Day and Crazy Hair Day. The school is proud to have supported the efforts of the Smile Train and Better Speech and Hearing Month for the past 10 years.

Due to their successful fundraising this year, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School raised $3,703 which was tripled by an unknown Smile Train donor, bringing the grand total raised to $11,109. With these funds collected, approximately 44 children in need will be able to receive a free cleft palette surgery.

Additionally, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School Speech pathologists Laurie Katz and Christine Monahan recently returned from Vietnam after being invited by Smile Train Organization. While there, they were able to get a glimpse of the Vietnamese culture, visit with the children who recently underwent the surgery and provide their families with small tokens of appreciation.

The Smile Train Organization assists millions of children with untreated clefts by providing training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in more than 85 developing countries to provide 100 percent-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.