Students Become Teachers With Grant

By: Chris Whited Email
By: Chris Whited Email

Children are always being told to "wash your hands". And it's a good practice to follow, for kids and adults.

Now, students at T.J. Harris Elementary School are stepping up as the teachers in preventing the spread of bacteria.

Fourth graders in the Explorer group are spreading that message through a High 5 Hand Washing Grant awarded to the school.

"Our Explorer group took their presentations and then presented it to all of our fourth and fifth grade classes here at Harris Elementary," said teacher Stephanie Malcom. "It was exciting to see the children present to other children, because the other students were more engaged listening to another student teach the topic rather than a teacher or nurse teach."

Those presentations include power point slides describing the importance of keeping your hands clean and diseases that can spread just from a handshake.

As part of the grant, these students also take part in the infection game which details certain diseases and how to prevent them.

Students also simulate passing "fluorescent" germs by hand shakes, later revealed by a special light who has those germs.

"Most health educators know that hand washing is the answer to a lot of these diseases that are spread from student to student," said school nurse
Dianne Shannon. "So we've always stressed good hand washing in schools. But this was just an extra push to teach the children the right way to wash their hands and learn about some of these diseases."

To see how successful the program is, faculty will keep a track on absenteeism at Harris during the months of November and December, just to see who's washing those hands well and who is not.


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