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 2, 2024

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

4351 Garden City Drive

Fortis College in Orange Park, Fla.

February 2, 2024

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

700 Blanding Blvd., Suite 16

Fortis College in Columbia, S.C.

February 3, 2024

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

246 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 101

Fortis Institute in Wayne, N.J.

February 2, 2024

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

201 Willowbrook Blvd.

Fortis Institute in Pensacola, Fla.

February 3, 2024

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

4081 East Olive Road, Suite B

Fortis College in Richmond, Va.

February 5, 2024

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

2000 Westmoreland St., Suite A

Fortis College in Cincinnati, Ohio

February 6, 2024

11 a.m.

11550 Chester Road

Fortis College in Indianapolis, Ind.

February 7, 2024

8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

9001 N. Wesleyan Road, Suite 101

Fortis College in Mobile, Ala.

February 7, 2024

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

7033 Airport Blvd.

Fortis Institute in Towson, Md.

February 8, 2024

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

700 York Road

Fortis Institute in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

February 8, 2024

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

9022 South U.S. Highway 1

Fortis College in Salt Lake City, Utah

February 8, 2024

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

3949 South 700 East, Suite 150

Fortis Institute in Scranton, Pa.

February 19, 2024

2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

517 Ash St.

Fortis College in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

February 20, 2024

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

2545 Bailey Road

Fortis Institute in Birmingham, Ala.

February 22, 2024

10 a.m.


Fortis College in Norfolk, Va.

February 23, 2024

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

6300 Center Drive, Building 22

Fortis College in Smyrna, Ga.

February 26, 2024

8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2140 South Cobb Drive

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