This past weekend, the D17s headed out to Cradles to Crayons in Brighton to volunteer. Community Service Chair Mike Arrigo led a group that included Justin Maillet, Aquilla Sprewell, Alexis Irby, Monica Moitoso, Jetoria Irving, Katerina Dalavurek, Leila Ansaashari, Taylor Parent, Bailey Klein, Diana Brigham, Shreshtha Ramanlal, Jimmy Leroy, Patrick Hoy, and Ella Moukwa. Together the D17s were able to sort and clean toys for over 200 kids in need in the Bosta area! Check out some pictures from their service in the gallery.
On Friday, Andy Tran (D16), Charles Pham (D16) and Min Chao (D15) headed over to the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center (GBCGAC) to conduct a trilingual (Mandarin, Cantonese and English) oral health presentation. The students used the Jeopardy game created by Janna Laverdiere (D17) and Marissa Schwartz (D17) and fielded general questions. While acknowledging that doing a presentation in several languages can be complex, the students felt good about being able to provide an important service. Following the presentation, Nancy Marks, Community Service Learning coordinator received a thank you email from GBCGAC Activity Director, Juan Chen who shared,"The elderly in the center loved the three students from Tufts dental. The students were very patient, friendly and very punctual. They answered lots of questions from the elderly including denture, cleaning, pain, root canals etc. The whole lecture was relaxing and interesting, the students brought some laughter to the center as well." Great work Andy, Charles and Min!
Student Leaders: Whether or not you posted an event on Dental Central, we need to document your outreach and community engagement efforts! Please submit a form for each event between Jan 1- March 1. This helps to ensure that student groups receive support and funding for their public health, civic engagement and community service activities. Contact Nancy Marks with any questions!
Thanks to the hard work of Janna Laverdiere (D17) and Marissa Schwartz (D17), the office of Public Health and Community Service has a fantastic new oral-health themed Jeopardy Board for presentations to senior citizens! If you are interested in using the board for an event, please contact Nancy Marks at Nancy.Marks@tufts.edu.
Last week, Mary Ellen Marks of the Office of Academic Affairs and her family lost their home to a devastating fire. A fund has been created to the help the family during this difficult time. Please follow this link if you would like to contribute.
Members of the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps have reached out to TUSDM in need of dental students! They are looking for a student organization or severel students to help take impressions for their Childhood Identification Program (CHIPS). The event will take place May 2nd, 2015 in Weston, MA. It would be great if a TUSDM student group could coordinate these efforts! If interested, please contact Nancy Marks at Nancy.Marks@tufts.edu.