In keeping with its promise to provide $100,000 in complimentary orthodontic care over three years to deserving children, Georgia School of Orthodontics is providing four children from Sandy Springs Public Schools and Gwinnett County Public Middle Schools with complimentary orthodontic care through its Gift of a Smile program. GSO established the program in 2016 to celebrate the grand opening of its Atlanta clinic. Since its inception, the program has provided free orthodontic care to 13 children in the metro Atlanta area who need braces but cannot otherwise afford it.
We received almost 200 compelling stories from school employees and parents of why their nominee deserved to receive complimentary orthodontic care. GSO was proud to partner with the two school systems and is donating $500 toward school supplies to six Gwinnett and Sandy Springs schools that nominated the most children.
Gift of a Smile Winners:
Solomon Michael Morrow, age 12, of Lawrenceville. With asthma, Solomon uses a breathing machine with medications that have worn down his teeth. He has had and still needs some expensive dental work, which has proven financially challenging for his aunt and caregiver.
De’ja Hart, age 15, of Grayson. De’ja and her family moved from Baltimore about two years ago, but the orthodontic care she received there was not transferable to Georgia. She is heading to high school next year and, as such, completing her orthodontic treatment will no doubt give her a boost of confidence.
Nicoli Alcantara, age 14, of Sandy Springs. As she expressed in a recent poem, “Just because my teeth are crooked, doesn’t make me less beautiful. It makes my smile unique. Beauty doesn’t have to be perfect.” While she is coping well with her situation, Nicoli’s self-confidence will get a boost from the orthodontic work and give her the smile she deserves.
My’Teiz Thomas, age 8, of Sandy Springs. There are many times My’Teiz has been embarrassed to smile because his teeth are shifting to the left. The orthodontic work he needs was ruled out as too costly for his family. This free service will boost his confidence and give him the beautiful smile he deserves.
School Contest Winners:
Six Schools were selected to receive $500 in school supplies for submitting the most nominations.
Creekland Middle School, Lawrenceville
Duluth Middle School, Duluth
McConnell Middle School, Loganville
Woodland Elementary School, Sandy Springs
Lake Forest Elementary School, Sandy Springs
High Point Elementary School, Sandy Springs