Volunteers from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) offered support to approximately 400 families with children preparing for kindergarten at the Countdown to Kindergarten Somerville event at Boston Children’s Museum on May 16, 2014. This event is an off-shoot of Countdown to Kindergarten Boston, a non-profit collaborative that engages families, educators, and community members to celebrate and provide support to children at the significant educational and developmental milestone of entering kindergarten.
Faculty sponsors Dr. Martin Ugarte-Chavez and Oral Health Promotion Director Kathy Lituri led the following team of student volunteers: Alexandra Fili (former DMD student), Jing Guo DMD 17, Hyunji Kim DMD 15, Lana Le DMD 16, Derek Leung DMD 15, Adam Robbins DMD 15, and Kali Stewart DMD 15.
The GSDM volunteers promoted oral health to the families and children with hands-on activities, oral health information relevant to the age group, and dental screenings to 25 children.
Lituri said to the volunteers, “It was so nice to see all of you totally engaged with the children and families.” She continued, “I am confident that you had a positive influence on all the people you encountered at this event.”