Smile Power 2017 started off with a bang in South King County! From Renton down to Pacific, we surprised Smile Makers and well-deserving community organizations.
It was an honor to celebrate Charlette Shoecraft of Empowering Youth and Families Outreach in Renton, WA. She is a true Smile Maker who gives unselfishly to those around her.
Charlette is the founder of the Empowering Youth and Families Resource center. Their vision is to create a lifelong impact on the lives of youth in the community. She and the organization have created programs that focus on student’s ability to live a positive life style. Her passion for her work shows the moment she enters the room. While accepting our gift, all she thought about was how happy and excited the children of the center were going to be.
Charlette was nominated by her sister-in-law who said, “She brings a smile to many advantaged and disadvantaged children whom might not had opportunities available.”
Thomas Jefferson High School Bowling Team
In 2015, Coach Joseph Townsend began teaching the bowling team at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, WA. He quickly realized the strength and talent on this seven-person varsity team. The team’s hard work and dedication led to two years as league champions and a 5th place finish in last year’s state championship. This year, the team placed 3rd and was eligible to compete at the national level.
Unfortunately, this small program didn’t have the funding it needed to get to the championship, so Coach Townsend and the staff at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way asked the community to help them reach their $9,200 goal.
With one week left until the deadline, the team still had $1,500 left to raise so we surprised them with a check to cover the rest!
With a high series score of 2177, and the only school attending from the West Coast, the Thomas Jefferson High School Bowling Team is heading to Nashville in June. Make Washington proud, ladies!
Joan Johnson of East Hill Elementary in Kent, WA was nominated by 9 people! She’s a paraeducator and the school’s Family Liaison. Whenever a school family needs anything – food, clothing, and household items – Joan helps them find it.
She loves to serve others and rarely splurges on herself. Each week, she puts together backpacks of food for students who wouldn’t have food over the weekend. Joan also provides school supplies and clothing for students in need.
Here’s what some of her nominators had to say about her Smile Power:
“Joan is a paraeducator at our school who the parent engagement center at our school. The students, parents and teachers love her. She often stays at work above and beyond what is expected.” –Ann MacKenzie
“This lady does not only literally have a great smile but goes an extra mile in making sure that the community members, volunteers and visitors needs are taken care of. She is truly selfless.” –Peter Mithia
We honored Joan with a check to help support the school’s food program.
The Tooth Fairy loves visiting local schools to teach children about oral health! Students at Washington Elementary learned about the biggest smile in the animal kingdom and how they can keep their smiles healthy. She even read her favorite story, The Bernstein Bears Visit the Dentist, and gave each student a copy!
Madison is just 13 years old but she packs tremendous Smile Power. Madison was born pre-mature and spent a lot of time at Seattle Children’s Hospital. As she grew up, she was inspired to help them the way they helped her.
Madison organizes drives at North Tapps Middle School in Bonney Lake, WA to help gather art supplies for Children’s and the Ronal McDonald House. She generally drops off her donations around Christmas so we surprised her with an extra donation in April!
Madison was nominated by her mother who wrote, “This 13 year old strives to make every child know they are loved. She collects coloring books and crayons for children's hospital and the Ronald McDonald House and delivers them on Christmas Eve.”
Arthur Jacobsen Elementary
Since the Tooth Fairy loves visiting local schools so much, we almost always stop at more than one! Children at Arthur Jacobsen Elementary in Auburn, WA enjoyed her presentation and reading. They also received toothbrushes, Smile Power lunchboxes, and a copy of The Bernstein Bears Visit the Dentist.
We tried to think of a way to summarize all that Dean McAuley does for his community in Pacific, WA. But, we think his nominator, Carolyn Andrew says it best.
“Dean is a local firefighter in Pacific, WA. My son trained with Dean in 2003 and Dean quickly became a part of our family. I remember when my son first met Dean. He said, ‘Mom, I'm studying with this guy who has the most incredible ‘smile’ I've ever seen. I think he should be a model.’ When I personally met Dean, at the graduation ceremony in December, 2003, I completely agreed - his smile is infectious! Today, Dean is not only a dedicated fire fighter but he went on to become an EMT. He lives to help others no matter what the circumstances present. He's heavily involved in community awareness and can always be found at various fund raisers throughout the Seattle area. He travels to NY every September to participate in several events that pay tribute to the fire fighters who lost their lives on 9-11. He's an incredible young man. Dean is married to Stacy and they have a 4 year old son, Collin. Dean is an incredible husband and father and we are so proud to call him friend. Sadly, my son lost his life in January, 2004, and Dean today remains a part of our family. He's always there for us (especially for me) when we need to remember, talk or share stories of the time he shared with our son. Once you see his smile, you'll understand how this young man brightens your day just by saying ‘Hello.’ It's contagious!” –Carolyn Andrew
Dean also participates in BikeMS, Fill the Boot, and volunteers with the Wounded Warrior Project. He also hosts an annual fundraiser at the firehouse to support breast cancer research.
Dean is truly a Smile Maker.
2 Sisters Espresso
In honor of Dean Day in Pacific, WA, we bought free coffee for everyone who stopped by 2 Sisters Espresso!
Auburn Valley Humane Society
We love celebrating smiles of all shapes, sizes and species! The Auburn Valley Humane Society in Auburn, WA does a tremendous job helping fur-babies find their forever homes. They even have a dental clinic to help keep their teeth healthy! It was an honor to drop off some much needed donations so they can continue to support Auburn’s animals.