Students Volunteer at “Operation Bright-Eyes/Operation Bright-Smile”

July 7, 2010, Lauderhill, FL – On Friday, June 18, 2010 students from American Institute School of Health Careers participated in “Operation Bright-Eyes/Operation Bright Smiles” hosted by Florida State Representative Hazelle Rogers, (D – District 94).  The event took place at Georges Park in Lauderhill, Florida.  Along with a number of community sponsors and volunteers the students donated their time to help the community as well as participate in the event to gain field experience in their chosen program of study.  

The event offered elementary and middle school children free dental and vision screenings.  “The goal of the event was to offer positive intervention for the children that will lead to continuous good health practices.  In the end, prevention saves money, pain, and lost time from school which is a benefit for the children and the parents of Broward County. 

Randy S. Proto, CEO of American Institute stated, “Operation Bright Eyes/Operation Bright Smile is a really positive event for the community, and we are proud that our students were able to participate.  It is vital to the success of our communities that we promote good health practices that lead to better preventative care for our youngsters.  They will be our future but sometimes their health and preventative care gets lost in the shuffle.  Events like this one ensure that they get the care they need.  At the American Institute schools we believe it is important to participate in community service events.  It is also critical to have Legislators like State Representative Hazelle Rogers who understand and are committed to utilizing every resource to help the citizens of Florida. I want to thank Representative Rogers for giving our students a chance to participate.”

In a correspondence to the School, State Representative Hazelle Rogers wrote, “I am happy to report that the event was a great success and we owe its success to you as we could not have done it without your help.  Your commitment in giving back to the community is appreciated by all.”

The group of students from American Institute School of Health Careers included: seven Dental Assistant students (Caridad Diaz, Claudia Salomon, Kavon Mercurious, Latoya Bryce, Malissa Robertson, Sharday Calixte, and Sherly Heath), three Medical Assistant students (Diana Russ, Judy Hinds, and Kadiann Henry), and one Medical Office Administrator student (Amber Cannon).
 
“The American Institute School of Health Careers embraces every opportunity to make an impact within our community,” added Richard McCulloch, Campus President.  “Operation Bright Eyes/Bright Smile was a wonderful event in which we were able to afford our students the chance and platform to showcase their acquired skills.  In addition, local dentists were able to appreciate the skill level of our students as well as experience the high level of community consciousness that makes us more than just a school, but a community resource.  We look forward to our continuing relationship with State Representative Rogers and the outstanding leaders of Lauderdale Lakes and Lauderhill.”

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