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AO Blankets For Sale!

This year, just in time for Fall and holiday gifting, AO is selling soft and comfy Tufts Dental blankets! The blankets are a cream knit on the front, with the Tufts Dental logo (see photo below) and surrounded by mini teeth! The back is a soft navy blue fleece. They measure 4.5 feet x 5.5 feet. These great blankets are selling for $45 for 1 blanket and $80 for 2 blankets.

Check out the photo if you are interested in the design! Click here to put an order! Don’t miss out, the last day to submit your order is Thursday, October 18th. You can also feel the blanket at any time on the 2nd floor; ask Tommy at the Atlantic desk!

Tufts Community Day!

Smile Squad members once again participated at the yearly Tufts Community Day event held at the Medford campus on September 30th!

Thais Antunes (D20) reflects: “The weather this year was perfect. It was great to see the turnout as there were upwards of 3,000 people throughout the day. Families from the Medford, Somerville and surrounding areas enjoyed a day full of fall activities including pumpkin carving, painting, scavenger hunts and more. The day however was not complete until each child had a chance to interact with our puppets and use our toothbrushes to demonstrate how they brush their teeth at home. The children were eager to use our large colorful toothbrushes and enjoyed demonstrating their brushing techniques. One parent reflected, “if only my child was this eager to brush at home”. Our hope is that by going out to the community and participating at events like these, the children will learn more about the importance of oral hygiene and improve their habits at home. Children learn by exposure and experiences which is why our presence at events like these is so important. Our members did a phenomenal job teaching brushing and flossing techniques to the children. Some of our members reflected on their experience:”
Allie PentaD21 “I loved teaching the kids how to brush and seeing how excited they were to try it”
 Sophia HeitmillerD21 “We handed out hundreds of toothbrushes and it was great to make a positive impression on all those children”
   Mehtab Manji – D22 “It was amazing to see kids super excited to learn about brushing and flossing. Parents were also very excited and happy with the puppet learning”
   Alyssa Kotin – D21 “I had a great time seeing so many kids of all ages excited to learn more about their teeth”.
Olivia Capotorto- D21  “It was great seeing how excited the parents were watching the children practice brushing and flossing”

Zambia Outreach Debrief 10/2!

Come to Rachel’s Amphitheater on October 2nd at 12PM for a debrief on the global service learning trip to Zambia! Lunch will be provided.

RSVP here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLgZqVJrAZrKBybwAFkd5kSP8zxT8L8W5Co8ZQKtbZbdh6lQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

ADO at the Bo De Meditation Center!

On September 30th, a group of eight volunteers from TUSDM joined ADO in giving oral hygiene instruction to around 180 kids at the Bo De Meditation Center in Braintree, MA during their weekly Sunday Vietnamese class: Ping Zeng (D20), Brent Mullen (D20), Monica Cheng (D20), Emerly Hsu (D21), Sandra Khuu (D21), Yi-Chen (Jo) Chiang (D21), Trish Dang (D20), Irene Lang (D21).

Irene Lang (D21) reflects: “We split up into 3 groups, and each group taught 2 classes of kids age 6-14 how to brush and floss (6 classrooms total of around 30 kids each), what foods are good or bad for teeth, and how cavities form. We were able to use the teach back technique using the stuffed animals for the younger classes, and led the older kids in 2 enthusiastic games of jeopardy. At the end of our oral hygiene instruction sessions, it was a great feeling to come back together from our groups and share informally about our experiences. All of the classes, especially the older ones, were extremely excited and engaged in both asking and answering questions throughout all of the sessions. The kids especially liked the more challenging questions, as many of them were excited to share with everyone what they knew. Often, even the adult teachers were excited to jump in to guess on a jeopardy question or ask some of their own questions about how to take care of teeth. Having so many kids show up and receive oral hygiene instruction was incredibly rewarding and fun, and all the volunteers were happy to have spent a Sunday afternoon serving the community.”

SNDA Volunteers at Greater Boston Food Bank!

On September 22nd, SNDA volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank–a non-profit organization that serves more than 500,000 people each year.

Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “Tufts SNDA had a beautiful time serving this past weekend at The Greater Boston Food Bank! We were able to sort 11,664 pounds of food which will provide 9,233 meals for families in need. This was particularly rewarding because September is Hunger Action Month, which aims to raise awareness about hunger across the nation. Shout out to Romina Aznavaleh D’22, Deena Raef D’22, Jesus Vivar D’22, Gabriel Thomas D’21, Lauren Smith D’21, Youstina Youssef D’20, and Rayna Silva D’20 for volunteering!”

Experience Chinatown

Join Experience Chinatown to discover a new take on Asian American Cultures and learn more about the place we all spend most of our time! On Saturday, September 29th, there will be free music and dance performances, workshops, and pop-ups at different locations in Chinatown.

Click on these links for more information and student discounts for tickets: 

BCNC Experience Chinatown 2018

 

DAV 5K at Castle Island!

Student Affairs is sponsoring a team for the DAV 5K (Disabled American Veterans) on November 10 at Castle Island.

We have 100 bibs available for Tufts Dental Students, Faculty and Family Members – you will receive a free t-shirt which we are working on to wear at the event. The event is a run/walk/ruck and is a continuation of our Tufts Ruck Mission – bringing a large group from the TUSDM community together as friends and colleagues while giving back to the community.

To join the team, e-mail Brent Mullen (D20): Brent.Mullen@tufts.edu!

AAWD at Cradles to Crayons!

On September 22nd, AAWD volunteered in the Giving Factory at Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization against child poverty.

Kristin Bradley (D20) reflects: “We were assigned to “shopping,” which meant that we looked at a list of items requested for each child by their social worker and put together kits full of the requested supplies. Overall, our two hours of work was able to help hundreds of kids.”

Rayna Silva (D20) reflects: “It was an honor volunteering at the Cradles to Crayons giving factory this past Saturday with AAWD helping to package essential items that children who are homeless or living in low income communities don’t have including clothes, shoes, and hygiene kits. I had such an amazing experience seeing the impact we can have in the Boston community and I can’t wait until our next volunteer opportunity at Cradles to Crayons!”