December 12, 2016
Volunteers from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) program brightened the lives of local children during the Children's Toy and Book Festival held Dec. 7 at San Francisco City Hall. The event was supported by Mayor Edwin Lee and the San Francisco Department of Child Support Services, along with partners from the San Francisco Fire Fighters' Union Local 798, San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Unified School District.
Children ages 12 and under were able to get a book, a toy, meet Santa and also visit tables set up by a variety of organizations. Students from the Dugoni School provided oral health education, tips on oral hygiene and preventative care, and passed out health gift bags to the children. Other local non-profit organizations were also on hand to educate children, families and school staff members about a wide range of resources.
SCOPE is a student-run volunteer community service organization at the dental school whose mission is to develop dental professionals committed to improving the health of all people. The program, which has been operating successfully at the Dugoni School of Dentistry for more many years, is unique in its student-initiated and student-operated community service design. SCOPE officers aim to develop leaders engaged in community oral health and to get every student at the dental school to volunteer their time, with hopes of achieving a nearly 100 percent participation rate.