MURRIETA – A group of Southwest Riverside County dentists have been visiting Murrieta Valley Unified School District elementary schools with tongue depressors and flashlights in hand.
On Monday, Feb. 24 the Rotary Club of Murrieta honored those dentists and school nurses who made this project possible. The longest running service project of the club, the annual dental assessment in Murrieta elementary schools, was started by Dr. Jim Yanoschik, a past president and founding member of the Murrieta club in the early 1990s.
Children in the first, third and fifth grades line up for examinations each year with the volunteer dentists recording what needs to be done, if anything. In addition to the grade school students, pre-schoolers are being examined, a task that Yanoschik himself takes on at 16 or 17 locations.
District Nurse Michelle Fackelman has been involved with scheduling the dentists for the past 18 years and has seen its growth.
The Rotary Club of Murrieta was chartered on April 28, 1992. The club is involved in many community and international projects, in cooperation with Rotary International. Club meetings are held Mondays (excepting holidays) at noon at Richie’s Diner, 40651 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, in Murrieta. For information regarding the club or membership visit www.murrietarotary.org or call President Patsy Orr at (951) 693-5589.