Noteworthy News


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Dr. Fresh Sponsors Fourth Annual Toothbrush Design Contest In Honor Of February?s National Children?s Dental Health Month

Imagine a toothbrush so much fun to use that kids would brush your teeth without a single reminder from Mom or Dad.

Dr. Fresh is asking second through fifth graders across the U.S. to dream up just such a toothbrush with ?Be A Dental Inventor? ? the fourth annual toothbrush design contest celebrating National Children?s Dental Health Month this February 2010.

Dr. Fresh, the Buena Park, California-based company known for its bright and sparkly FireFly? toothbrushes that light up and flash to encourage thorough brushing, is challenging kids to come up with the ultimate kid-friendly toothbrush, one that is not only easy, but fun to use.

Kids in second through fifth grades are being asked to submit a drawing of their fantasy toothbrush and briefly explain why they think it will appeal to other kids.

The first prize winner and a parent or guardian will receive a trip to Buena Park, California, where they will visit the Dr. Fresh headquarters, as well as enjoy a day at the nearby Disneyland Resort. The winner will also receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, while two runners up will each receive a $250 U.S. Savings bonds. Each contest entrant will also receive a complimentary Dr. Fresh FireFly toothbrush.

?Kids have the brightest ideas when it comes to motivating other kids to brush their teeth,? says Dr. Fresh. ?Their toothbrush ideas get more creative all the time, and our team really looks forward to reviewing them each year.?

To enter, children should submit an original drawing of their toothbrush design, accompanied by a brief written description (100 words or less) on why they think kids would like to use this toothbrush. All media ? paints, crayons, chalk, pencils, markers ? accepted. Judges will be looking for originality, creativity and motivational appeal. No licensed (e.g. cartoon) characters may be used, and all work must be the entrant?s own. No purchase necessary. Entries must be original, and be accompanied by an official contest entry form or reasonable facsimile thereof. Contest entries can be mailed to Hazmat Media (address) and must be postmarked by January 24, 2010. For complete contest guidelines and to download an official entry form, please visit or . All entries become the property of Dr. Fresh, Inc. and will not be returned.

PETFUNDANGO – CRITTERS IN THE CLASSROOM has an exclusive offer for teachers to receive a free pet and habitat for their classroom, sponsored by PetSmart, Inc., Kaytee Products, Inc., and Super Pet, Inc. This complimentary Critters in the Classroom educational program was designed to equip educators with the tools to enhance their curriculum with a small animal pet.

To participate in Critters in the Classroom, teachers can sign-up at, and a free habitat with starter supplies will be delivered within two to four weeks. Once the habitat is received, a hamster or gerbil can be purchased from any local PetSmart store, and a hassle-free online rebate of up to $19.99 will be issued. also provides free downloadable lesson plans, along with other resources to help incorporate a pet into a classroom. Additional learning and enrichment opportunities are found through a classroom pet. A hamster or gerbil can assist in teaching almost any subject, while simple care-giving activities teach responsibility. Overall, classroom pets can help young children identify and communicate thoughts and feelings effectively.

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  1. As for the Dr. Fresh contest, any contest that gets children to think more about brushing is a good thing! Hopefully they’ll follow through and brush more too!

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