Project Smile, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, initially grew out of a partnership between the North Fort Collins Business Association and Irish Elementary School. The program provides an opportunity for area businesses, organizations and individuals, through donations, to sponsor children in serious need of dental care. The program continues to grow and reach many schools in the Poudre School District. Additionally, Project Smile now provides needed vision care through a partnership with the Fort Collins Lions Club.
Project Smile helps meet an urgent need – lack of dental care, and lack of vision correction for many children by in-school screenings and follow up with needed treatment by local dental and vision professionals, and a host of volunteers.
Our goal is to eventually provide services for every child in Poudre School District in need of dental and vision treatment. Studies have proven that proper dental care eliminates tooth aches and pains which can lead to lack of focus, decreased learning ability and hunger during the child’s lifetime. We want to eliminate the root cause of this pain by providing essential dental care to children in need that don’t otherwise have access without Project Smile. Vision and learning are intimately related. Experts indicate that roughly 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. So good vision is essential for students of all ages to reach their full academic potential.These children are the future of our community and it is our responsibility to take care of them.