Drs. Cooper, Teeples, Toponce, and Reddinger all know how important an education is and how expensive it can be. In response to the rising costs of higher education, our office developed the first annual Wisdom For Wisdom program to award hardworking students with wisdom teeth extractions free of charge to help offset the rising costs of college textbooks.
Our office is passionate about supporting academic achievement. Over the last decade, college textbook prices have risen drastically. Research conducted by the American Enterprise Institute found that there has been an 812% increase in the cost of college textbooks since 1978. Students in our community are struggling to afford college and, as a result, go without mandatory course textbooks. The Wisdom For Wisdom program provides students with the opportunity to put the funds they would have put toward medical bills to their textbook costs instead.
The first annual Wisdom For Wisdom application period ran for two weeks, from April 17, 2018, to April 30, 2018. During this period, we received numerous applications from both high school and college students in our community. Interested students completed a short interactive application process. The applicants watched a short video to provide them with information on the wisdom tooth extraction procedure process. They then answered a few quiz questions about wisdom teeth to verify they watched the video. Following the quiz, applicants submitted their application, explaining what the procedure would mean to them if selected. Each final recipient was selected based on factors such as academic achievement, financial need, and necessity of extraction.
Wisdom teeth grow and develop during the mid to late teens. It’s recommended that these teeth be extracted between the ages of 17 and 25. Delaying removal can sometimes cause harmful oral bacteria, which can lead to gum disease, decay, infections, pain, crowding, misalignment, and damage to your otherwise healthy teeth. By proactively removing wisdom teeth during this period, we can prevent complications and help encourage healthy oral habits.
Three final recipients were announced on May 1, 2018. The final recipients — Andrew S., Evan C., and Cristal F. — were all chosen for their academic achievements. It was clear from their applications that these students are college-bound and destined for success. We are honored to contribute by offering these complimentary procedures to help offset the cost of their college textbooks.
For more information on our recipients’ progress, visit our Facebook page. We thank you for your interest in the Wisdom For Wisdom program!
Stay tuned for information on the Spring 2019 application period!