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NC Smiles Program comes to Douglass Academy

Wilmington – Douglass Academy welcomed dentist Dr. Hood from the NC Smiles Programs. Dr. Hood and his staff spent a week at the tuition free charter school to provide free dental care the students enrolled there according to Headmaster Barbra Jones.

Monday, they set up their mobile clinic in the school complete with x-ray machine and all the equipment needed to help the children. During the week, they saw 40 children and took 140 x-rays which revealed the need for 61 filings and 70 sealants, Jones said.

“The Smile Program covers 26 states and is part of ‘Reach Out Healthcare America.’ They hire all local people and have nine vans in
North Carolina,” said Assistant Headmaster Carla Fisher. “Each van covers a different area of the state. The one that came to our school covers the southeastern region and is staffed by Dr. Hood, with Audrey Morrison, Hygienist, and Missy Rogers, Quality Control.”

“We are so thankful to Dr. Hood and his staff for all their great work,” said Baker Mitchell, founder of The Roger Bacon Academy which manages Douglass Academy. “Having dental care brought right to the school, it’s great to see all these children have one more reason to smile.”

Douglass Academy is one of a family of award-winning charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. (RBA), which provides curriculum, support, and administrative services to public charter schools. The RBA family of schools also includes Charter Day School in Leland, South Brunswick Charter School in Southport and Columbus Charter in Whiteville.

All four schools in the RBA family are enrolling students for the upcoming 2017-2018 year on a first-come first served basis. All schools are tuition-free, public, and offer a classical curriculum which, among other things, includes Latin and Cursive. For more information, please visit

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