Brighter Smiles in the Dominican Republic

  • Sunrise Drive Brings Brighter Smiles

    to Children in the Dominican Republic


    Wondering what was with all those toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss that had been collected at Sunrise Drive? The answer was actually simple.


    Thanks to the generosity of students, teachers, staff, and families at Sunrise Drive, the Student Council collected dental-care items for children in the Dominican Republic. These children, who live three hours up the mountains in economically poor regions, have little resources for general healthy hygiene, including oral care.


    The connection between Sunrise Drive and the Dominican Republic was made when Fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Sharon Donnelly learned that her daughter, Briana, a fourth-year nursing student at the University of Rhode Island was joining a group from Intercultural Nursing, Inc. heading to that island nation. The mission of the nurse practitioners and student nurses was to set up clinics and disburse medications to the sick, as well as vitamins and other medical supplies that promote good health.


    A total of fifty pounds—one suitcase full, as allowed by the airlines—of dental supplies was collected by Sunrise Drive Student Council and sent along with the nursing students. Coincidentally, they arrived just days before the devastating earthquake that struck neighboring Haiti—making the need for supplies even more crucial.


    The Sunrise Drive community should feel a sense of accomplishment for helping children in the Dominican Republic have brighter, healthier smiles.