Detroit, Mich. –The DPS Foundation is pleased to announce a grant from the Delta Dental Foundation in the amount of $3,500 to support career exploration in dental fields.

These funds will be awarded to Ben Carson School of Science and Medicine, and Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy to offer opportunities for selected students to be introduced, in a hands-on way, to dental career options. This project will strengthen students understanding of the tasks, responsibilities and opportunities available to dental professionals, as well as the educational requirements for these fields.

Participating students will engage in interactions with practicing dental professionals, conduct laboratory exercises, and go on field trips to dental offices and schools. These students will be encouraged to learn about the educational options in these fields in the metro area. Additionally, they will be able to relate their current education to the dental arena.

“We are so grateful for the Delta Dental and DPS Foundations for allowing our students to have these opportunities,” said Charles Todd, principal at Ben Carson High School.

“Children miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health related issues, and adults miss 164 million hours of work each year because of time spent dealing with their own dental health problems,” said Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental Foundation director. “Because early prevention is key to avoiding serious oral health issues, we are supporting the DPS Foundation to increase access to dental care and provide much-needed oral health education to underserved children and adults.”

The Delta Dental Foundation is focused on ensuring that children and adults in Michigan receive high quality oral health education and high quality dental care.

This is the second time that they have partnered with the DPS Foundation to support students in the Detroit Public Schools.

As non-profit charitable organizations both Foundations serve as philanthropic contributors to educational programs and services to the community.