2012: Diamond View Middle School

Members of the drama club at Diamond View created a comedic skit called "Jeremy Germ and the Germinators." This effort was part of an after-school project with the local Public Health Department to spread the message of the importance of proper hand washing throughout the school and the community.

The skit involved two Germinator "super heroes" saving students – who hadn’t washed their hands – from "Jeremy the Germ." The students also created bulletin boards, posters, brochures and flyers with key handwashing messages. A public service announcement was also created and played by a local radio station.

Creative Ways to Teach Hand Hygiene

"The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP program taught the students that they have the ability make a big difference," said Bethany DuVarney, Public Health Educator in Lassen County (CA), who worked with the students. "They learned how to use local resources, media, and community events to reach out and influence people in Lassen County to wash their hands."

"The expert review panel that evaluated the award entries loved how these students devised a funny, thoughtful and imaginative way to teach the importance of hand hygiene," said Nancy Bock, Senior Vice President of Education at the American Cleaning Institute. "Something special always happens when you invite middle school students to be creative. They truly deserved the top honor this year for their skit that focused on clean hands and better health."

"Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP is a public, private partnership that is a win-win for children's health." said Michael J. Beach, PhD, Associate Director for Healthy Water at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We congratulate the students who participated in this national awards program for promoting hand hygiene at school and helping to prevent the spread of infectious diseases."

Congratulations to the all of the "Germinators": Mazzy Schmidt, Clarissa Faustino, Abby Cooper, Vanessa Rios, Mykela Nimmo and Samantha Tiffany.

As recipients of the Top Classroom Award, the Diamond View Middle School students received an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with leaders from CDC, ACI, the cleaning products industry and elected officials on Capitol Hill. ACI staff also honored the students during a community celebration in Susanville, California.

You can download copies of the storybook and activity book.