You may actively participate by coordinating schools and dentists in your own community or simply attend a school presentation as an Ambassador of Rotary. A template script is provided. All of the supplies required to run the program are shipped directly to each school after the March break.
Brush-a-mania is a not-for-profit program designed to promote oral health and awareness among young children from Junior Kindergarten to grade 6. It was started in 2001 by the Scarborough Rotary Passport Club and has already reached over 800,000 students. Our purpose is to educate and motivate children and to bring together dentists, Rotarians, teachers and parents to create a celebration around proper dental care.
THE BRUSH OFF
Each participating school will hold an assembly during the month of April, where a dentist and a Rotarian will come into the school and provide the children with an interactive, entertaining presentation in proper dental care. Each assembly will conclude with a Brush-off, where all participants brush their teeth simultaneously for 3 minutes. (Participation in the Brush-off is at the discretion of the Principal.) Schools may contact their assigned dentist to arrange in-class visits.
The students track their brushes for the entire month of April in the classroom and at home online. Each student receives a Colgate toothbrush and toothpaste, a Brush-a-mania instruction pamphlet, as well as, a Brush-a-mania sticker. When the students complete the online program, they will be able to print out a Brush-a-mania certificate of achievement. His or her name will be entered into a draw to win an Xbox One or one of fifty tablets.
CITY OF TORONTO PROCLAIMS ORAL HEALTH DAY
Friday, April 3, 2020 will be proclaimed Oral Health Day by Mayor John Tory. We would like to encourage other municipalities to also declare this day Oral Health Day in their community. We are recommending that as many school assemblies as possible be held on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10 am to coordinate the Brush-off across Canada.
COST OF PROGRAM
There is no cost for City of Toronto schools. The Scarborough Rotary Passport Club fundraises every year to support these schools. For schools outside the City of Toronto, all supplies necessary to run the program may be purchased for $1 per student. (Includes delivery to the school.) You may wish to contact your local dental society. The Ontario Dental Association provides grants of up to $1,500 to its component societies for Oral Health Month programs such as Brush-a-mania. Or you may wish to approach local sponsors. (See Sponsor info.) If one of your contacts sponsors Brush-a-mania, those funds could be used to fund your local schools.
You may search the Ontario Dental Association database for a dentist in your community by postal code. Click here to find a member dentist in your area.
BRUSH-A-MANIA 2020 SCHOOLS
As schools register for Brush-a-mania 2020, they will be added to our List of Registered Schools. Click here to view the List of Schools Registered for Brush-a-mania 2020. This list will be updated regularly with all of the information you will require: School name; address; telephone number; number of students; assigned dentist; assigned Rotarian; etc. You may use the School Registration PDF to recruit your own school.
If anyone in your Club would like to work on one of our committees, please contact Rotarian Raffy Chouljian at email@example.com or 416-752-1143