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IL: CDMI Students Provide “Lesson in a Lunchbox” at Local School

November 05, 2015

by Office of Communications

The Midwestern University faculty and students provided an oral health lesson at the at John Tibbott Elementary School in Bolingbrook.

Students from Midwestern University's College of Dental Medicine-Illinois (CDMI) visited the John Tibbott Elementary School in Bolingbrook to share the "Lessons in a Lunchbox" oral health program with first, second, and third grade classes. The "Lessons in a Lunchbox: Healthy Teeth Essentials and Facts About Snacks" is an oral health literacy program designed to empower children and their families with the proper knowledge about routine dental care, oral health maintenance, good dietary choices, and more using a "dentally designed" lunchbox.

The presentation was part of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship community service project provided by CDMI fourth-year student Josh Eastham. Mr. Eastham, along with fellow fourth-year dental students Harlean Ahuja, Josef Schwartz, Branden Goetsch, and Ryan Helgerson, provided the oral health program for the 340 attendees in a group assembly and then went to individual classrooms to distribute the lunchboxes and explain their use. 

According to Mr. Eastham, "the students were ecstatic about the assembly. I do not think I have ever seen anyone, kids or adults, get so excited about oral health. In the assembly, there were videos shown about brushing and flossing which all of the kids seemed to enjoy." In the classrooms, Mr. Eastham and the other CDMI students provided oral health education and answered questions in both Spanish and English. "The students were extremely excited about their new lunchbox," Mr. Eastham said.

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people now and for the future. The prestigious fellowship program encourages graduate students to become lifelong leaders in service.  

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