Kittitas Secondary School FCCLA Earns 2018 Award

Join the American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in congratulating Kittitas Secondary School FCCLA from Kittitas, Washington for earning the 2018 Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP National Award for their "Paws for the Handwashing Cause" campaign. 

Student members of the Kittitas Secondary School used their school mascot Paws to help teach their classmates about good hand hygiene behaviors.

"Our plan was laid out to be completed by winter vacation in order to curb absenteeism at the height of the cold and flu season," said Kittitas students Grace Allphin and Natalia Benavides.

Grace and Natalia promoted their education efforts at the local "Trunk or Treat" event by decorating their adviser’s car as a huge hand with germs all over it, while giving out copies of ACI’s "Don’t Do the Flu" coloring sheets.

The students also featured their school mascot Paws in a poster and video about handwashing tips that creatively employed the school’s fight song to remind students to wash for 20 seconds, developed educational content for students in younger grades and recorded a local radio public service announcement on how handwashing contributes to reducing the spread of communicable diseases.

"Raising awareness of common sense handwashing with soap and water can make a huge difference in enhancing public health and reducing school absenteeism," said Nancy Bock, ACI Senior Vice President, Education. "Good hygiene practices are critically important, especially in the wake of the deadly flu season the U.S. just experienced."

"Congratulations to Kittitas Secondary School for the exemplary work on their school-wide campaign to keep hands clean and kids healthy," said David Berendes, Ph.D., a disease detective at CDC. "Handwashing with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs, particularly during cold and flu season."