For 2nd year, orthodontics practice gives $5,000 to education foundation

Amy Speare, left, AEF president; Dr. Carolyn Melita
Amy Speare, left, AEF president, with Dr. Carolyn Melita.

Since 2005, Dr. Carolyn Melita has invested in the teachers and students of the Arlington Public Schools. The owner of Belmont Orthodontics & Belmont Pediatric Dentistry since 1994 has demonstrated that commitment by donating $5,000 to the Arlington Education Foundation for the second year in a row.  

Belmont Orthodontics & Belmont Pediatric Dentistry are the foundation’s single largest benefactors, having more than doubled the lifetime charitable donations of any other foundation business partner.  

"As a member of the Arlington community, I see the impact that the Arlington Education Foundation is having in the Arlington Public Schools," Melita said in a March 16 news release.

"Their work is valuable and essential, and I am thrilled to continue to partner with them and assist with the funding needed to support critical efforts like their Safe & Supportive Schools partnership with the district. It's initiatives like this -- ones that affect the mental health of every student in the Arlington Public Schools -- that truly make a difference in our community."

In addition to her platinum business sponsorship, Melita also runs a Halloween candy buyback program, offering families $2 per pound of candy donated, and donating $2 per pound to the Arlington Education Foundation.  

Belmont Orthodontics and Belmont Pediatric Dentistry are in Belmont Center. Dr. Jolle Hami is the pediatric dentist. Melita works with children and adults, including many parents of the children she has successfully treated. 

Supported solely through individual donations and local business sponsorships, Arlington Education Foundation awards over $100,000 in grants annually to the Arlington Public Schools.  For more information or to donate, visit

This news announcement was published Saturday, March 17, 2018.