Category Archives: Community Service Activities

D19s Volunteer at Urban Edge

Last week the D19 class volunteered with Urban Edge, an organization based around helping families in need. Their main aim is in construction of affordable housing, but they also want to strengthen communities and families through their housing. They put on a few events each year and one of the events is the Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. Volunteers from the D19 class were welcomed to attend to help out on this busy day for the community. Abby Manzella (D19) had this to say:

“We had an overflow of students wanting to donate their time but we had to narrow it down to ourselves and three others based on their interest and timely responses. We set up a table at the event with a jeopardy board and different oral care pamphlets. The five of us switched off between working at the table and checking people in. We were blown away by the interest and incredible reactions we were getting from the attendees. The children LOVED the monkey and had to get in line to brush his teeth because they were all so antsy! The older kids and adults loved the jeopardy game and many did multiple questions. Everyone had a blast and we hope that next year we can go back and bring a bigger group of our classmates!! One of the best parts of the evening was when an older woman was complaining about her teeth and Gilbert was able to help translate a pamphlet for her and instruct her to call Tufts to be seen by a pre-doctoral student. She then said that us being there was ‘a blessing in disguise’. It was a wonderful evening for all of us.”

D18 Creativity Night

Last week, the D18 community service chairs hosted a Creativity Night. The goal of the creativity night was to create new and improve upon the existing oral health promotion materials that we have at the dental school. Many individuals, organizations, and clubs use the materials for OHI events and some were outdated or could use touch ups. The D18 class came together and got creative with how we could make new learning tools. D18 Community Service Co-Chair Lauren Gerkowicz said, ”

  “Creativity night was an incredible event! The D18 class showed so much enthusiasm and motivation to generate new oral health promotion materials and games. The night allowed for a creative outlet for the students, whose days are usually filled with class, book work, and preclinical work. The games, posters and art that the students created was outstanding and because of their hard work, many members of the Tufts community as well as the local community will benefit through improved learning tools.”

Check out the pictures above! If you’d like to get creative and help create oral health promotion material contact Nancy Marks at