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Wilkes University pre-dental student Jasmin Patel of Clarks Summit is one of two Wilkes students to participate in the Benco Family Foundation’s Lessons in a Lunchbox. The program is designed for second- and third-graders to highlight the connections between healthy nutrition and proper dental hygiene. Patel was part of the volunteer group which handed out the lunch boxes and showed the elementary students how to use the tools inside.

Patel, a biology major, explained, “I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this program. Not only did I get to see a different job that a pediatric dentist does, but also I got to spend time with young students on something that I am passionate about: dentistry and all that it stands for.”

From left: Victoria Bilski; Dr. Winifred Booker, CEO of the Maryland-based Children’s Oral Health Institute; and Jasmin Patel.