Give Kids A Smile

Fortis Colleges and Institutes Support Give Kids A Smile® and National Children’s Dental Health Month

Founded in 2003, the American Dental Association Foundation’s (ADAF) “Give Kids A Smile” program aims to educate the community on the importance of proper pediatric dental health. Across the country, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants join others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children and bring a smile to residents in their hometowns. 

Each year, Fortis Colleges and Institutes participate by hosting their own Give Kids A Smile® events. These events and activities provide oral hygiene education and complimentary dental services to underserved children in and around our communities. Activities will vary by location, so please check with your local campus for dates, times and specific details.

Where and When


Event Date

Event Time


Fortis College in Landover, Md.

February 3, 2023

9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

1901 Mississippi Ave., Suite 203

Fortis College in Orange Park, Fla.

February 3, 2023

12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

700 Blanding Blvd., Suite 16

Fortis College in Richmond, Va.

February 3, 2023

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

2000 Westmoreland St., Suite A

Fortis College in Columbia, S.C.

February 3, 2023

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

246 Stoneridge Dr., Suite 101

Fortis College in Smyrna, Ga.

February 3, 2023

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

2140 S. Cobb Dr.

Fortis Institute in Pensacola, Fla.

February 4, 2023

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

4081 E. Olive Rd., Suite B

Fortis Institute in Wayne, N.J.

February 6, 2023

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

201 Willowbrook Blvd.

Fortis College in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

February 8, 2023

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

545 Bailey Rd.

Fortis Institute in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

February 9, 2023

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

9022 South US Highway 1

Fortis College in Norfolk, Va.

February 9, 2023

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

8918 Tidewater Dr.

Fortis Institute in Scranton, Pa.

February 20, 2023

1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

517 Ash St.

Fortis College in Indianapolis, Ind.

February 21, 2023

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

9001 Wesleyan Rd.

Fortis Institute in Houston North, Texas

February 27, 2023

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

450 N Sam Houston Pkwy E., Suite 200

More About Give Kids A Smile®

In 2002, Drs. Jeff Dalin and B. Ray Storm held the first Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) event in a run-down, soon-to-be-demolished dental clinic in St. Louis, where 15 patient chairs were scraped together to deliver free dental care to nearly 400 children. 

The ADA recognized that this grassroots effort had great potential to raise awareness nationally about the importance of oral health to overall health, and about the staggering need that exists among millions of children who go without care. Give Kids A Smile® evolved into a nationwide program with the collaboration of the ADA, Henry Schein, Procter & Gamble and DEXIS. 

Today, Give Kids A Smile® is the ADA Foundation’s signature access to oral healthcare program for underserved children, with events taking place throughout the year. These events kick off annually on the first Friday in February, which is Give Kids A Smile® Day. Across the country, thousands of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and volunteers give their time to provide free oral health education, screenings, and treatment to underserved children. Since 2003, more than 6 million children have been cared for by more than half a million volunteers. 

Fortis Colleges and Institutes are proud to be a part of this worthwhile effort and would like to thank everyone who has contributed to Give Kids A Smile's success! 

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Give Kids a Smile - Fortis Orange Park: News4Jax

Fortis College in Orange Park 2020 Give Kids a Smile event, video courtesy News4Jax