The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest leading hunger-relief agency in New England, providing over 57million pounds of nutritious food to people who struggle to haave enough to eat each year, feeding more than 140,000 people each month. On February 6, 2017, The D20 Community Service representatives were able to organize a class volunteer event to help organize and distribute food at the GBFB center.
Gloria Enjuweh (D20), who is one of the Community Service class representative reflects:
“It’s always satisfying seeing members of the D20 class working together towards a common goal. Being a part of this simple but rewarding mission has made me become even more sensitive to the needs of others. The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) works passionately to end hunger in Eastern Massachusetts by providing neighbors in need with healthy food and resources. Their mission aligns itself with my beliefs; healthy food, healthy kids, and healthy communities. Its fulfilling to be a part of an organization that provides a service to those who need it the most.”
D20 Participants: Gloria Enjuweh, Robert Brookings, Sandy Lopez, Dena Shuster, David Michaels, Allan Mcquarrie, Mitchell Mcshane, Shivani Bhatt, Lindsey Gallagher, Matthew Y.Chan, and Mariana Barry.
American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Smile, Share and Care is a program where volunteers go to the YMCA daycare/ pre-K across the street from the Tufts Medical Center on most Monday afternoons. We usually read one or two stories to the children and then play with them with some interactive stuffed animals. It’s a great way for us dental students to impress upon these little guys that dentists are cool people who want to take care of them.
We had 3 of our D20’s reflect on their experiences on May 1st and May 8th, 2017!
It was rewarding to head over to the YMCA and participate in the Smile, Share & Care event and teach the kids the importance of oral hygiene. Story time was an interactive way to teach the children more about oral hygiene and habits that will help them lead a healthier lifestyle. It was great to see their interest in story time and their excitement to have us there.
– Thais Antunes (D20)
Continue reading ASDA Smile, Share & Care D20 Reflections: Thais, Stefane, and Monica
April showers bring May flowers and American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Advocacy month! Please stop by our bulletin board and engage! Each paper flower and paper leaf has a special task inside – should you choose to accept it. All participants will be entered into a weekly raffle for a Starbucks gift card! Engage on social media or leave a comment in the envelope on the board with your name for a chance to enter the raffle! Good luck!
On Tuesday May 3,2017, the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) group recognized those D17 students who are entering the military upon their receiving their DMD this month. Eight seniors received a Health Professional Scholarship and will be serving their country in the Army, Navy or Air Force. The event was attended by Dean Thomas, Dean Karimbux, several faculty, staff members and HPSP students as well as local military recruiters. Dr. Henry Talberth and Thomas Whitmer (D18) spoke about their experiences in the military. Each graduating HPSP senior was presented with a National Defense Ribbon, rank insignia and a dental corps device. Incredibly proud of our D17s, and thank you so much for your service to the country!
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has organized diverse volunteering events and opportunities over the weeks. Brian (Andy) Collins (D18) reflects on TWO events he had attended; Girl Scouts of Malden on April 27th and YMCA Health Kids Day on April 29th. Along with a group of other TUSDM students, they used tools to elicit a fun, engaging way to teach the importance pf oral care to children.
Girl Scouts of Malden (April 27): “Five TUSDM students (Keira Ginsberg D’19, Dan Allen D’19, Ervin Pejo D’20, Vendita Correia D’20, and Andy Collins D’18) volunteered at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day, hosting a booth for the dental school. We talked to kids and parents about good oral hygiene and how to prevent cavities, and had dental-themed games and trivia.”
YMCA Health Kids Day (April 29): “We taught a group of 7-9 year old Girl Scouts about teeth, cavities, dentistry, oral hygiene, and dental emergencies, and we worked through the requirements so the girls could earn their Dental Health patch. The volunteers were myself (Andy Collins, D’18), and Rayna Silva, D’20.”
On April 26th, 2017, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) participated in the Boston Arts Academy Health Fair. Oliver Giron (D18) spent his day promoting good oral health and hygiene and he reflects, “The Boston Arts Academy health fair was an excellent event to reach out to a pediatric demographic that AAPD does not focus as much on. Typically, AAPD does outreach to a younger age group from preschool to middle school, but this event allowed the club to connect with enthusiastic and impressionable youth who are on the cusp of early adulthood. I was able to teach both students and parents about proper oral hygiene techniques and surprised them about the nutritional contents of their beverages. I also learned of the need for constant presence in the community, since a lot of other organizations approached the table in hopes of future collaborative efforts. It was a pleasant experience and definitely one to which AAPD should return. “
Social Justice Alliances (SJA) is collaborating with Nancy Marks to create an inclusive art installation that features members of our community! Please take time to sketch a symbol that represents an aspect of your identity or culture and leave it in this box in the student lounge. Paper and further instructions can be found inside. Symbols will be taken until Monday the 15th. Collected symbols will be drawn onto a canvas to be displayed and reproduced around the school.