Book a Day Partnership Promoting Literacy Along with Oral Health


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This school year, children in two of Penn Dental Medicine’s community care programs have been getting a new book along with their dental exams thanks to a new partnership with A Book a Day, a nonprofit based in West Philadelphia. The books, donated by A Book a Day, are being distributed through the School’s PennSmiles mobile clinic to children at all the schools and non-profits where care is provided, including Henry Lea and Locke Public Schools in West Philadelphia and within the Penn Dental Medicine care center at Puentes de Salud at 17th and South Streets.

“We are thrilled with our continued partnership with A Book a Day,” says Dr. Shabnam Sedgahat, a PennSmiles faculty member who coordinates the partnership with the nonprofit. “Helping to promote literacy goes hand-in-hand with our goal of helping to promote overall health and well-being for the children we serve.”

A Book a Day curates a selection of new, hard-bound books appropriate for children from kindergarten through eighth grade. To date, Penn Dental Medicine has distributed hundreds of books through the program.