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ECU School of Dental Medicine supports BCS tornado victims

ECU Dental group presents gift cards to superintendent and director of student services


Left to Right:

Jennifer L. Buck, Public Health Hygienist; Vanessa Pardi, DDS, MS, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of the ECU School of Dental Medicine; Dr. Otis L. Smallwood, BCS Superintendent; Dr. Wanda Wright, Division Director of Dental Public Health at ECU; Rachel Stewart, Public Health Hygienist; Danny Perry, BCS Director of Safety and Seciurity, Health and PE & Student Services


Recently, Hurricane Isaias and an EF-3 tornado hit Bertie County. The 145 mph winds destroyed homes, uprooted trees and brought down power lines in Bertie County. Two individuals were killed, and many more were injured.


The Student Chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry at ECU collected Walmart gift cards for the families impacted by this tragic weather event. Third year dental students Julianne Yuziuk and Jonelle Romero led the fundraising effort. Some of the gift cards were delivered this week, and more are forthcoming next week. Student Services will determine how to distribute the gift cards.


The ECU School of Dental Medicine operates an oral health prevention and sealant program in the elementary and middle schools in Bertie County.


Bertie County Schools appreciates the efforts of this student group, and the ECU School of Dental Medicine for their support of the families affected as they try to regain a sense of normalcy.