On Saturday Santa Clarita Coalition and Healing California partnered up at Wiley Elementary School to provide free dental and vision care for the public, helping many local families.
The inaugural health clinic was launched at 10 a.m. Saturday and opened to the public until 4 p.m. Stations for eye exams, glasses fittings, teeth cleanings and fillings were set up throughout the elementary school’s front office and auditorium.
“This is so important because the families we were reaching out to are families that most of the time don’t have insurance or dental and vision regularly accessible to them,” said Superintendent Dr. Leticia Hernandez.
Santa Clarita Coalition reached out to the Newhall School District to host the event at their facility, in conjunction with Healing California. From there, the school district put the word out to families about the fair.
“We’re starting off the school year in-person so of course it’s so important for our kids to be able to see and to have their dental check,” Hernandez said. “As educators, this makes a world of difference.”
Free of charge, and no questions asked, kids and adults alike were able to receive a variety of services through the clinic. This included teeth cleaning or being fitted for glasses that they received that same day.
Volunteers included dentist practitioners and eye examiners who helped conduct services, as well as check-in volunteers who helped people as they came in.
Dr. Hernandez hopes that events like this will continue to take place: “I’m so grateful to be in a district that does so many cool events like this and collaborates with so many of institutions.”
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