Delta Dental Foundation tours Butler's Health Sciences Academy at Rose Hill after offering $20,000 oral health grant

The Butler Early College Health Sciences Academy at Rose Hill High School is taking a bite out of a big opportunity provided by the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation in the form of a $20,000 grant to jump start an oral health class as part of the Academy's curriculum.

On Wednesday, students in the program were presented with electric toothbrushes by Dr. Hugh Bruner, Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation Board Member and Karen Finstad, Executive Director, Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation, who were on hand to tour the facility in Rose Hill.

"Delta Dental Foundation's support for the Early College Health Science Academy is greatly appreciated," said academy director Marcy Aycock. "This partnership will provide great learning opportunities for our students in addition to financial support. We hope this is the first of several partnerships between health care professionals and the ECHSA."

The $20,000 will support the program for three years by providing $5,000 per year for scholarships, as well as an initial boost of $5,000 at the beginning for "start-up" materials, models, tools and equipment.

An Introduction to Oral Health Care will begin in the spring semester, and be taught each year to ECHSA seniors. It will give them an overview of oral health care and implications for the body systems. The Health Sciences Academy already offers various high-tech and hands-on healthcare courses that result in high school students graduating with nearly two years of college credit in career-specific training.