Time now to recognize our latest Giving Your Best award winner, Laura Walls.
Dr. Walls is a full-time dentist, but she makes the time to give back to her community, especially to the children. The staff at her busy Batesburg, SC office helped plan our surprise presentation... fully aware that the good dentist likes to keep a low profile!
Even she showed her pearly whites, though, as the group showered her with hugs and congratulations for getting the recognition they feel she deserves... recognition for good deeds worthy of the Giving Your Best award.
"She cares about the people in this community... and she wants big smiles, happy people!"
Denise Jones has been a dental hygienist at Dr. Laura Walls' dental practice for nearly seven years. She sees the importance of good dental care everyday, but also understands the emphasis her boss places on making sure all children in her community can read.
"I just think kids need to learn to read. There are so many other things now that they're not doing, especially, they're not even writing anymore. So I go every Friday morning and I sit in front of a bunch of kids and I read to them."
Her involvement with the Rotary Club sparked her interest in literacy.
"Because their parents don't have books at home and they don't take the time- there's a lot of times they get up in the morning shovel them off to school, no breakfast or anything, and they come back to the home with no books and no one there to read to them so the Rotary Club is reading to them."
"She just thinks that with literacy comes a stronger mind and with stronger minds comes better health, overall meaning, inside health, outside health and mouth."
Dr. Walls has been in practice in Batesburg, SC for 10 years. She knows that good dental care leads to better health in children.
"Oh yeah, if your teeth aren't good you don't eat right, you go to school and you hurt, so yeah it does."
And if it's up to Dr. Laura Walls, the children in her part of the Palmetto State will grow up reading... and flashing big old healthy smiles!
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