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Nassau County, N.Y., GKAS event smiles with Katy-Perry inspired music video

March 17, 2014

Smile of a tiger: Fourth graders from Bayview Avenue School in Freeport, N.Y., are seen in their music video "Smile," a song inspired by Katy Perry's hit song "Roar." Their music video was shown during the Feb. 7 Nassau County Give Kids A Smile event at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y.

Mr. Met: Children and volunteers were greeted by Mr. Met, the official mascot of the New York Mets. 
Garden City, N.Y.—Katy Perry's hit song and music video "Roar" got a Give Kids A Smile treatment as fourth graders from Bayview Avenue School in Freeport, N.Y., sang out brushing instructions on how to get the "smile of a tiger."

"You brush them up, you brush them down, then brush them all around. You brush the front and then the back. You brush to the left and to the right to make them pearly white," they sang the lyrics of their song "Smile" to the beat of "Roar" in their music video.

The video shows the 8- and 9-year-old students dressed up as dentists, a boxing champion, a lion and, of course, tigers. The students smiled throughout the video as they brushed their teeth and teeth of stuffed animals.

The nearly 3-minute music video premiered Feb. 7 at this year's Nassau GKAS event at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, where more than 1,600 children received free dental services, ranging from screenings, fluoride varnish and sealants.

About 250 volunteers, including dental team members, teachers and high school students, attended the event. Another 110 dentists volunteered at the event while two dental vans also served the children. Mr. Met, the official mascot of the New York Mets, also paid the children a visit.

Children from underserved communities in Nassau County were selected and invited by their school's nurses to attend.

"It was another successful event," said Dr. Joseph Brofsky, chair of GKAS Nassau County Dental Society. Dr. Brofsky produced the "Smile" music video with the help of students and teachers from Bayview Avenue School.

"Everyone loved it," he said of the video. "All the kids started to sing, and many even started to sing the dental words."

It's the fourth year Dr. Brofsky produced a music video to entertain attendees of the GKAS event.

After the lyrics were rewritten, a local photographer filmed the video for about three hours. It took another three days of editing before it made its premiere.

"The kids are adorable and they really enjoyed making it," said Dr. Brofsky. "It really made a lot of people smile."

To view the "Smile" music video, visit the website.