October 2018 Volume 15

KC Old Boys The Best, Say Students

Reprinted from Jamaica Gleaner
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Accessing usually expensive and much-needed dental services at no cost to their parents has left an imprint on the minds of some Kingston College (KC) students who have described their Old Boys Association as "the best in the country".

The boys were among 30 students who, on Friday, benefited from a visit from the Dent-Care Smile Clinic Mobile Unit, courtesy of the KC Old Boys Toronto Chapter.

Operating from the school's Melbourne Park campus along Upper Elleston Road in Kingston, the mainly first- to third-form students utilised services such as dental cleaning, dental filling, and complete oral examination, including examination for gum cancer.

"This initiative is helpful in many ways, not just for those parents and students, who can't afford to go to the dentist, but those who don't have the time either," declared 13-year-old Emile Anderson.

The grade-nine student, who accessed the cleaning service, heaped praises on the association for its willingness to invest in the health of the student body.

"To be productive you must be healthy, and oral hygiene forms a very important part of overall health. So, I just want to thank my old boys for doing this and I hope we can see more of it," he said.

Another 13-year-old grade-nine student, Krishaun Thomas, described the experience as fun. He also had his teeth cleaned.

"The dentists were really kind and I think it's really great that our old boys thought of us in this way. My father was planning to take me to get my teeth cleaned, so he can save the money or use it for something else," he said.

"Our old boys are the best to think of us in this way, because dental hygiene is essential at every stage in life. Not just to have white, clean teeth, but a healthy mouth. I hope they can continue to invest in our health like this as we go through KC," he added.

Phillip Ridguard, 13, who had his teeth filled and cleaned, said he felt inspired by the actions of the old boys.

"I hope we can do the same for the students when we leave the school," he said.

"They (old boys) help us in so many ways - not just in sports and academics - but health, which is most important. They're the best and we're all grateful," he shared.

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