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CA RO L INA ON OU R M IN D UNC Adams School of Dentistry has a legacy of giving back



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Dr. Lewis Lampiris, assistant

What’s Give Kids A Smile? Community service is part of the culture here at the school of dentistry. Give Kids A Smile is a national program, and the event occurs on the first Friday of February. Children are brought into dental offices – including the school of dentistry – and provided free examinations, cleanings and preventative services. If treatments are necessary, they get treatment, too. If there’s a significant need, they will be brought back for completing that treatment. We usually work with the Head Start programs in Durham for the A UNC Adams School of Dentistry student provides care to a child during project. The program’s been going Give Kids a Smile in February. on [at least] since I’ve been here at UNC [July 2013]. That’s a major program targeting children who don’t have a dental home. What about DEAH DAY? What’s the energy like that day? It’s a celebration that started after [second-year Yeah, the vibe is great. What’s really interesting here at the school is we work dental student Deah Shaddy Barakat, and his with other schools – the school of nursing, the school of public health, the wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her school of medicine. They all have areas where the kids can learn – the kids sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salhaand] died. are running around all of these exhibits in the atrium area, and then they’re [The dental] school cancels classes that day and escorted up to the clinics where they receive their treatment. There’s the students, faculty and staff volunteer at a variety tooth fairy wandering around; there are stories being read. It’s a fun day. of community service areas in the Triangle. It’s And it takes the fear out of going to a dentist. One of the stations [shows] pretty amazing. They serve meals. They provide what’s it like to be a dentist, so there’s a dental chair there. There’s a giant supplies. They teach health instruction in stuffed animal with teeth, and the kids put on gloves and masks and gowns. schools, plant crops, purchase food and donate Then they examine the teeth of the stuffed animal. So it really makes them it. It’s about 1,200 hours provided by our think, “Perhaps, I could do this when I grow up.” students on that day. 26

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dean for community engagement and outreach at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry, about the service-minded students.

In February, UNC Adams School of Dentistry announced the largest ever single donation – $27.68 million – from the estate of Dr. Claude A. Adams III of Durham. “This is truly a transformative gift that changes everything for us – for our students, for our staff, for our faculty, for our alumni,” Dean Scott De Rossi said. “We have the best dental school in the world, and now, with this gift, we’ll be able to move beyond excellence.” SAVE THE DATE Cheer on the Tar Heels at Boshamer Stadium for their series against the Wolfpack May 16-18. Discover new talent at the Commons Festival, an initiative by Carolina Performing Arts to lift up art relevant to this time, place and community. The artist residency will begin May 7 and will culminate in a three-day festival at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio from May 30 to June 1. – Ellie Glass

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Chapel Hilll Magazine May/June 2019  


Chapel Hilll Magazine May/June 2019