California "Germinators" honored as hometown heroes
WASHINGTON — Six students from Susanville, California, decided to act up in school — as part of a local campaign to teach handwashing to their fellow classmates and the community at-large, according to a press release.
That effort is now being recognized nationally by the "Healthy Schools, Healthy People: It''s a SNAP" program, a joint initiative of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the release stated.
According to the release, the students from Susanville''s Diamond View Middle School earned the Top Classroom Award from the SNAP (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) program, which recognizes students for projects that are designed to promote hand hygiene and infection control.
Members of the drama club at Diamond View created a comedic skit called "Jeremy Germ and the Germinators," 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 release noted.
The skit involved two Germinator "super heroes" saving students — who hadn''t washed their hands — from "Jeremy the Germ," the release added.
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