June 5, 2017
Creative and inspiring expressions of good health were recently on display at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry as community leaders and families gathered to celebrate the winners of the San Francisco Dental Society's 42nd Annual Children's Poster Contest.
This year's contest theme was "Choose Water for a Sparkling Smile" and it was open to all San Francisco public and private kindergarten through fifth grade students. The competition is held each year in February in conjunction with National Children's Dental Health Month.
A total of 60 winners were awarded prizes at the May 12 ceremony, with first place going to Clarise Wu of Spring Valley Science School.
The SFDS Board of Directors approved the naming of the first-place prize as the "Dr. Dennis Shinbori Award" in honor of Dugoni School Associate Professor Dr. Shinbori '75. He has been the chairman of this contest for the past 34 years and has worked hard over the years to increase awareness of the importance of good dental health among the public in general and schoolchildren in particular.
Notable guests included California State Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember David Chiu who brought Certificates of Merit from the State Senate and State Assembly to present to the winners. Dr. Richard Fredekind, executive associate dean of the Dugoni School, was also on hand to welcome the children and their families on behalf of the school.
Members of the public may view the winning posters, scheduled to be on display at the Fischer Children's Library inside the San Francisco Pubic Library's Main Library at 100 Larkin Street.
The San Francisco Dental Society's Community Dental Health Committee advances dental health and oral health education through numerous programs and volunteer efforts, including the annual Children's Poster Contest. SFDS says the contest facilitates learning about dental health through an artistic means of inspiration and expression, and helps young people learn the importance of proper dental hygiene.
To view the complete list of winners, visit the SFDS website at https://www.sfds.org/menus/annual-childrens-poster-contest.html