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'Pay It Forward' in today's Register

Anonymous • Mar 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

You needn’t look far to find area professionals who volunteer their time and skills to better the world around them. From Carroll Township to Berlin Township, people in the Register’s coverage have a clear track record of delivering mentoring, services and more to eager recipients.  

Get a Register at a newsstand near you for the 'Pay It Forward' magazine, a special insert today only. Here’s a look at two local programs in today's special section:  

Nuclear know-how 

Some employees at Davis-Besse are part of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear, and they recently went into local schools to help more than 50 middle and high school teachers understand some of the  fundamentals of energy, such as electricity generation and distribution and plant safety systems and procedures.

“We got a lot of inquires from teachers about ‘how do I teach nuclear power?’” said Jennifer Young, spokeswoman for FirstEnergy, Davis-Besse’s operator. “So they decided to reach out to teachers.”

After an hours-long crash course from North American Young Generation in Nuclear, local teachers had ample lesson plans to take back to their classrooms.

About 50,000 professionals in the nuclear industry are expected to retire in the coming years, a situation that could be a bonanza for youngsters with bright minds. Sparking an interest and an understanding in nuclear science is a matter of necessity for a career path in the industry, Young said. 

Trent Henline, a supervisor at Davis-Besse’s engineering department and a member of NAYG, was one of the employees who visited not just with teachers, but with students too.

“The most important reason we do it and enjoy it is because teachers form the minds and opinions of young children, who will be the next generation of nuclear workers,” Henline said.

The third-, fourth- and fifth-graders are fun to talk to and they clearly grasped the information, Henline said. 

“They connected the dots on a higher level than I thought they would,” he said. “It was one of the more rewarding days I have had professionally.”

Dental delivery 

You don’t have to be a nuclear engineer to share your skills with the world. 

Dr. Lata Stefano has been known to step and provide care for people who often have little access to dental care, for financial or other reasons. She and her dedicated staff have for years been donating their time and resources to provide dental care to area residents.

“To truly help people is to not expect anything in return,” Stefano said. “I love this community, and there are a lot of people in need here.”

This year, Stefano’s crew is participating in the Smile for Life campaign. When Stefano performs a teeth-whitening procedure, half the proceeds are donated to local organizations such as Kinship and Heartbeat. Proceeds are also sent to the Smiles for Life foundation, to be distributed among other worthy charities.

Stefano also offers one free day of dental care each year, as part of Dentistry from the Heart, a national nonprofit providing free dental service to people in need.

As a result of Stefano’s work, hundreds of local people have received exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments.  

EXTRA EXTRA: Get a Register at a newsstand near you for the 'Pay It Forward' magazine, a special insert today only.

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