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Encino Park Annual Fundraiser supports the smile train organization

Smile Train

Encino Park students stand in front of their Smile Train wall.

Throughout the month of November, Encino Park Elementary School undertook its second annual school-wide project that pairs its students’ interest in spelling with its spirit of giving.  Using the materials provided by those that sponsor the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the students of Encino Park participated in the Great American SpellCheck.  Each student received a list of fifty grade-specific spelling words to practice to prepare for the event.  The students also collected pledges from family and friends for every word that they spelled correctly on the Great American SpellCheck test.

Smile Train

The students exceeded their goal of raising $2,500 by being able to raise $3,000 to help children born with cleft lips and/or cleft palates.

The goal was to raise at least $2,500 for the Smile Train Organization, a group that provides surgeries and medical support (for as little as $250 per child) to children across the world that have been born with cleft lips and/or cleft palates.  This condition affects the appearance of the child’s face and roof of the mouth and causes the child to have difficulty eating, swallowing, breathing, and talking. 

Encino Park went above and beyond in doing its part to help change the lives of those affected by this condition, as the school was able to raise $3,000.  This will fund surgeries for twelve children.  The amount collected will also be matched through Smile Train’s special double matching program that is offered at various times throughout the year, so Encino Park’s efforts will go twice as far!

"We appreciate the time, effort, and financial assistance that helped make this experience a success, and we are all very proud of the generous support of this endeavor," said Vicki Craig, teacher at Encino Park and program coordinator. "The event prompted a total school effort from kindergarten through fifth grade." 

Additional information about the Smile Train Organization can be found at

Posted on January 07, 2014