Elle Smith, Miss USA, was in the city this week for a visit to the Church Hill School in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Smith spoke to the students about kindness, community and self esteem and shared her experiences with Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused nonprofit organization, who treated all the teachers to breakfast.

Smile Train has been strategically partnering with schools and together have raised over $1M dollars for children with clefts globally. Headquartered in New York City and founded in 1999, Smile Train provides free corrective cleft surgery in 87 countries, training local doctors and providing hospital funding for the procedures.

They empower local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally.

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