Smile Power video project links children worldwide

April 13, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

A stack of Friendship Books made by Discovery Elementary School, Beaver Lake Middle School and Cougar Ridge Elementary School students were handed out in villages where Smile Power volunteers visited. Contributed

A stack of Friendship Books made by Discovery Elementary School, Beaver Lake Middle School and Cougar Ridge Elementary School students were handed out in villages where Smile Power volunteers visited. Contributed

Students in Issaquah are being asked to show children around the world what their typical day is like. 

 “It’s a day in the life of a local student,” said Susan Evans, a board member and volunteer for International Smile Power. “We want to see what their school looks like, what they do during the school day, on the weekend, if they do sports, and what their parents do.”

International Smile Power is an Eastside organization that travels around the world providing dental care and hygiene lessons to children living in remote countries, villages and orphanages in places like Uganda, Bolivia, Mexico, Tanzania and Jamaica.Students interested in producing a video or presentation should feature their basic, day-to-day activities. Students should use their best judgment, keeping in mind the presentation will be shown to other children living in impoverished conditions, in orphanages or on the street.

Scenes inside their school classrooms, at a local park with friends, of their natural surroundings or landmarks, or at a sports practice are encouraged, Evans said. 

They should also include what they do on the weekend for fun and briefly how their parents spend their time.

Since Smile Power is built on educating people about dental hygiene and care, the presentation should also include two scenes of students brushing their teeth, one during the day and one at night before going to bed, Evans said.

The photo or video stories must be three to five minutes long and must fit onto a CD or a presentation that can be shown on a laptop in remote areas.

All people featured in the video must sign a waiver giving Smile Power permission to show their image around the world. 

Entries will be judged on creativity, entertainment value and accuracy or completeness of life in Washington.

The first round of entries are due April 30, but Smile Power volunteers will continue taking entries throughout the year.

On the Web

Go to www.smilepower.org, and then click on “Contests.” 

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment on this article at www.issaquahpress.com.
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