If entering an elementary school clad in a crown and wings doesn’t guarantee that students will offer their undivided attention, then not much will.
Last month during a visit to two of Daniel J. Flood Elementary School’s autistic support classrooms in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Tooth Fairy Pat tested that theory with sparkling success. Known at the Benco Dental home office as Tooth Customer Service Specialist Pat Motyka, the Larksville resident spent a week designing fairy couture and preparing plans for her inaugural school visit.
The 10-year Benco Dental associate earned a warm reception.
“Initially, the kids were really excited just seeing how magical she looked,” said Sarah Reedy, kindergarten and first grade autistic support teacher. “Then they loved getting a turn to brush the doll’s teeth,” said Reedy referencing a plush toy puppy with oversized teeth that Tooth Fairy Pat used to demonstrate proper toothbrush technique.
Reedy’s students, along with second through fourth graders in Dora Sims’ classroom, took a shine to Tooth Fairy Pat, who read stories to the children while they worked on dental inspired coloring sheets she distributed.
“My favorite part was interacting with the children. It was an experience I will never forget,” said Motyka.
Although the Tooth Fairy usually delivers surprises to children in return for their baby teeth, Tooth Fairy Pat presented treats with no strings attached: a take-home package for each student complete with a dental kit, stickers and other surprises.
“You would never know it’s her first time as a Tooth Fairy,” said Reedy, of Motyka’s inaugural exhibition. “She did a great job.”
Benco Dental Tooth Fairy Pat Motyka reads to second through fourth grader students in Dora Sims’ autistic support classroom at Daniel J. Flood Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Shown, clockwise from top left: Jack McGreevy, teacher Dora Sims, Chloe Morgan, Tooth Fairy Pat Motyka, Anthony Sosa, and Nicholas Gulich. (Benco Dental/Jimmy Musto)
About Benco Dental
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms. Those design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office.
Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO