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Minnesota students honored for fight against 'Handwashing Horrors'

April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — They're not afraid of germs in Litchfield, Minnesota; they now know just to "wash them away," according to a press release.

Three Litchfield High School students created a multi-media hygiene education campaign and received national honors from the Healthy Schools, Healthy People: It’s a SNAP Program, the release stated.

Students Ali McGraw, Kalley Spreiter and Abby Roediger — all sophomores at Litchfield High School — belong to the school's chapter of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the release noted.

According to the release, as a part of their hand hygiene campaign, Abby, Ali and Kalley:

  • Collaborated with the Meeker County Public Health and the Minnesota State Public Health Department to bring educational information on germs to their school.
  • Created hand hygiene education projects for 3rd and 5th graders, including surveys, science experiments and showing germ transfer with a black light.
  • Sponsored a handwashing video competition in the high school, which landed the chapter the top award, “Handwashing Horrors: Revenge of the Germ.”
  • Used social media to send weekly messages about handwashing statistics and procedures.

"The handwashing project was an educational experience in promoting a healthier school and community. I never realized the impacts, to myself and others, of not washing my hands correctly," said Litchfield FCCLA Chapter member Kalley Spreiter.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.