Litchfield Middle School FCCLA Earns 2019 Award

The Litchfield FCCLA team used their creativity to design a ball game using Glo Germ™ which, using an ultra-violet light, shows the person-to-person spread of germs. The students also designed a science experiment using potatoes to show how germs grow on surfaces and read story time books about the importance of handwashing.

This student cohort decided to implement the message "A Clean Start" to the preschool students of Mighty Dragons Preschool and to the 5th Grade students at Litchfield Middle School. These students were selected because both grades are starting a new chapter of their lives. Both groups are learning how to make more informed decisions in their daily lives, including how to combat germs. The team showed measureable changes in hygiene behavior through the use of a follow-up survey administered weeks after their hands-on lessons.

The team invited their family members to record a podcast, which shares important information regarding health and handwashing resources from ACI and CDC. The team plans on sharing this podcast with other FCCLA chapters across the country. It is believed that this Litchfield Middle School project reached 500 students and families.

"Handwashing with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs, particularly during cold and flu season," said Dr. David Berendes, an epidemiologist at CDC. "Congratulations to Litchfield Middle School on their creative, interactive, and engaging efforts to teach kids about germs and to keep everyone healthy."

Watch the project presentation and award ceremony