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Salisbury, NC (February 8, 2016) – Granite Quarry Elementary School received a $4,000 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation that will help fund a two-day event during which 80 third graders who do not currently have a primary dentist will receive dental care.
Through collaboration with Rowan Salisbury School System, NC Oral Health Section and Robert Ogden, DDS, the students will receive a dental exam, X-rays, a cleaning, fluoride treatments and sealants.
“Granite Quarry is thrilled with the grant that the Delta Dental Foundation has provided for our children,” said Jennifer Russell, Granite Quarry Elementary School’s school nurse. “We are so appreciative for the opportunity to give our students dental care that they would normally not be able to access otherwise.”
Representative Harry Warren, R-District 77, joined Delta Dental for a check presentation at the school. “Delta Dental recognizes that good health is an important factor in getting good education, and they support that belief with action,” said Rep. Warren. “We appreciate the Delta Dental Foundation’s generosity toward Rowan County and its consistent support for adults and, now, children.”
Josh Wagner, chairman for the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, was also in attendance for the presentation from Delta Dental Foundation.
The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring children and adults in North Carolina receive high-quality oral health education and dental care. The Granite Quarry grant is one of 17 grants totaling $40,000 awarded to North Carolina nonprofits providing oral health programs. Grant recipients were selected based on criteria that included the number of at-risk children served, the uniqueness of the program, the level of community involvement in the program and the ability to measure results.
“Twenty-one percent of children entering kindergarten in Rowan County have tooth decay, 60% higher than the state average,” Delta Dental of North Carolina CEO Curtis Ladig said. “Prevention is key to avoiding serious oral health issues and improving education, which is why we’re supporting Granite Quarry’s work to increase access to dental care for underserved children.”

About Granite Quarry Elementary School
Granite Quarry Elementary School, located in Salisbury, NC offers classes for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. It is one of four schools in Rowan County that provides a fluoride mouth rinse program to its students. NC Oral Health Section statistics show this program is drastically reducing the amount of tooth decay in the region.
About Delta Dental the Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit
About Delta Dental of North Carolina
Delta Dental of North Carolina is a nonprofit dental service corporation created in 1970 to provide dental benefits throughout the state. Its mission is to improve the oral health of the communities it serves. It does so by providing affordable access to oral health care with the largest network of providers (over 64%) in North Carolina.

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