The first Healthy Teeth/ Healthy Body pilot initiative at Josiah Quincy School was completed last Friday, May 1st and it was a success! Over the course of three weeks, D16 student leaders, Anjalee Shah, Olga Raptis, Khusbu Patel, and Will Chao, working with project advisors, Nancy Marks and Kathryn Dolan, developed and carried out lessons plans about tooth decay and proper nutrition to a classroom of kindergarten students.
Reinforcing the learning material from the previous sessions, at the beginning of the last session, Nancy and Will held a fun Q&A session in which they had the students pick out individual questions from a bowl and talked about them as a class. Afterwards, the students had the opportunity to draw on poster paper all about what they had learned over the past few weeks. With help from Khusbu Patel, the children were encouraged to let their imaginations loose, and boy were these kids creative! Some students drew superhero teeth battling against their arch rivals, while others drew their favorite healthy foods to eat (see gallery). For their efforts, each student was given an arts and crafts kit that they can use at home. A $50 gift card to a local arts supply store was also presented to the teacher to use to buy any needed art supplies for the children. The drawings will be taped together to make one giant poster showcasing the imagination of these students and will be placed inside Tufts dental school (specific location TBD) for others to enjoy.
Due to the success of this initiative, the program is planned to include several other classrooms at other schools in the months of May and June. There is a planning meeting to review the curriculum on Tuesday, May 19 from 4:15-5:15 pm in the Becker Board Room.
The team at Charles River Dental is happy to announce that on May 29th, 2015, we will participate in our 2nd annual Dentistry From The Heart! We will provide free cleaning, extraction or filling services for as many patients as possible from 8am – 4pm. During our last event, we helped provide free dental care to over 70 adults in need. Everyone deserves a healthy smile, and we really enjoyed working with others so that they can finally meet that goal.
We would like to ask for volunteers from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine to help us in providing these services. Volunteers may be assisting, helping with sterilization, triage, or anything else to help us run smoothly! We would like our volunteers to come in for the full day from 7am – 5pm or come in shifts (7am – 12pm, 12pm – 5pm). We are looking for 10 volunteers.
Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) is a nonprofit dental organization working to supply the world with free dental services. Charles River Dental has teamed up with DFTH to offer dental care to those in need. DFTH was founded by Dr. Monticciolo 14 years ago. Now, over 300 events are hosted per year, helping thousands of patients and giving millions of free dentistry. Charles River Dental is proud to affiliate with such a great cause.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. We look forward to meeting and working with you! If you have any questions, please email David.Huynh@tufts.edu.
Tufts Stands with Nepal: Opportunities to Support Relief Efforts
On April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. With aftershocks of 6.5 magnitude having continued since, the death toll nears 5,000 and continues to rise. A little of your support can go a long way in the immediate relief and long-term recovery of this incredible country. As a Tufts community, let us commit to standing with Nepal as the country responds and recovers.
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Healthy Teeth/Health Body Initiative off to a great start!
During the past two Friday afternoons, TUSDM students have been involved with a pilot program teaching elementary kids about tooth decay and good nutrition from the Red Oaks After School program, located in the Josiah Quincy School in Chinatown. Working with project advisors, Nancy Marks and Kathryn Dolan, the students designed and executed lesson plans that included games and activities geared towards these topics.
On Friday 4/10, Anjalee Shah (D16) and Olga Raptis (D16), along with Dental Central Rep for the project, Will Chao (D16), visited the kids to teach them about tooth decay and good oral health. The session began with Olga enthusiastically reading a book about tooth decay and visiting the dentist while Anjalee and Will helped engage the kids. Afterwards, they played a game of “Pin The Bacteria On The Tooth” which involved spinning the kids in circles and having them place magnets of bacteria onto a magnetic tooth board. The kids loved the game! For the last activity, the kids showed off their creativity with an arts and crafts project where they made their own mouths– with 10 teeth on the bottom and 10 on the top– by gluing on colored pieces of paper onto a paper plate.
The following week, Anjalee and Will returned to Josiah Quincy to teach the same students about maintaining healthy teeth and a healthy body. Anjalee read a book to the classroom while Will acted out the story with puppets. The kids then got to play a fun game where they picked a snack from a bin and placed it into another bin across the room while acting out how they thought it would make them feel if they ate it. There were kids running, skipping, and slumping around! In the end, the kids got to do another arts and crafts session where they drew in healthy food items into a body outlined on paper.
This upcoming Friday, we will return to the school to have the children make posters of what they learned. It should be a great way to reinforce some of the main themes that were emphasized during the prior visits. In the future, members of the AAPHD, Smile Squad and AAPD will be going into other afterschool classrooms after evaluating this pilot run.
We received some great pictures from Tracy Tchintchin (D18) from the Mission Hill Health Fair that took place on April 18th. Check out the gallery!
The recent discovery of the teixobactin producing microorganism through use of the new culturing technology has many students highly interested in their projects, and a recent proposal from the Tufts sequencing center means that the students might be able to genotype the bacteria they discover, and possibly find a novel JQUS bacteria for whole genome sequencing, which would provide the platform for Josiah Quincy IB class research for years to come.
The nature of this IA lab design and follow through is that the teacher cannot be guiding the students beyond a point. Since the rules say that help from outside sources (parents, etc.) is not forbidden, and since we have the generous gift of support from an elite science research institution, this means that your help gives our students a tremendous boost. All levels of help are a huge boon to our student's success: from helping them to come up with improvements to their experimental design, to proofreading their hypothesis statements, to helping them analyze confusing data, and making suggestions for follow-up experiments. Some volunteers last year came for one 45 minute period and some came multiple days in a row. Some worked with many students, and some mentored a single student.
If you can commit to helping the seniors at JQ Upper School sometime in the next three weeks, send an email to Ian Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org. In-person support would be preferred at the time of IB classes during the week school hours), or Ian will connect potential mentors who are not able to join them on campus with a student who is eager to get some personalized help via email. Please contact Mr. Warner with any further questions.