Lassen County Public Health & Diamond View School. THE GERMINATORS!. THE GERMINATORS .
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The Germinators are a group of students from Diamond View Middle school who worked with the Health Educator from the Lassen County Public Health Department to implement a flu prevention campaign as part of the Lassen County Public Health Pandemic Flu Prevention Program. Their mission was to spread the message of the importance of regular and proper hand washing.
We went up to the community’s Halloween festival and handed out information on the importance of hand washing to over 1,000 kids and reminded them to wash before digging into their Halloween candy!
We held a coloring contest where kids had to color a picture of a child washing their hands and then had to write in one of the important times to wash hands. Jeremy Germ presented the winners with a prize of $25 and a children’s book!
We spread the message at Diamond View School by posting bulletin boards and signs reminding kids to wash hands. We also wrote a message on the school marquee and reminded kids to wash over the school intercom daily before lunchtime.
We recorded this Public Service Announcement that a local radio station agreed to broadcast for us. It features our star characters Jeremy Germ and the Germinators and tells people how to wash hands properly. Everybody that listens to this station heard the important key hand washing messages!
(Be sure that you are viewing the Power Point in Slide Show mode so that you can hear our recorded PSA .)
The campaign was such a big hit in the community, the local newspaper published an article about it!
We entered our campaign into the National Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP” challenge. The “Healthy Schools, Healthy People handwashing program is a joint initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cleaning Institute. The School Network for Absenteeism Prevention (SNAP) program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits among students to help prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism. SNAP is a grassroots, education-based effort to improve health by making hand cleaning an integral part of the school day.
We had our National Awards Ceremony at the Local Children’s Fair! To make it more special we set up an entire activity area dedicated to promote our message of the importance of handwashing! Kids loved it!
We had tent full of germ activities so kids could learn where germs are, the different types of germs and how germs make you sick.
Kids came and pledged to wash their hands by putting their handprint on our pledge board!
Kids got to shoot at the bad germs and defeat them with soapy water! They also got to create their own Jeremy Germ balloon characters!
We had a maze that listed the handwashing steps in order that lead to a sink so kids could wash after learning the proper steps!