Ronald McDonald wasn’t clowning around when one of his care mobiles stayed in New England for a week.
There was something new at New England Public School Nov. 5 helping out local students.
Ronald McDonald’s dental services had parked a 40-foot long state-of-the art vehicle outside of the school.
According to the school superintendent, Kelly Koppinger, more than 50 students had been examined and worked on by the portable dental unit while it spent a week on the New England campus.
It is one of 50 providing access to health care where the children need it the most, according to the program’s website.
It set up in New England thanks to the sponsorship of Slope Electric, Koppinger added.
The vehicle in New England was designed to handle the health needs of children up to the age of 21, according to the superintendent.
The dental vehicle was designed to handle diagnostic, preventative and restorative dental care. In addition, it also provided oral hygiene education. Each of the vehicles cost about a half-million dollars to get them equipped and on the road.
The superintendent said the the McDonald vehicle has come to town ever since he signed on five years earlier. “It is five years for sure and I think it is longer than that,” he explained Friday. “My guess is five to 10 years for sure.”
Each visit is usually for five school days. “It usually goes from 8 a.m. Monday morning to about 3 p.m. Friday afternoons. They usually see 40 to 50 kids throughout the week.”
According to the superintendent, there is a process used to identify the students for the mobile dental care facility. “They take the ones with the most need. I know they have seen a wide variety of students throughout the course of the week.
“They runs from things such as cleanings to doing fillings and actually capping some teeth too that may have been chipped,” he said.
“They provide a wide variety of services that we really appreciate them coming out and supporting our community.”
The McDonald’s organization works with the community to find sponsors to help support them. “I know Slope Electric has been an avid supporter of this program ever since I have been here. They are the ones who sponsor this. We really appreciate the community support from the local people to help offset the expense of the program as well,” Koppinger said.