Message from Dorsett Shoals, 2014 Award Recipient: The effect is still being felt in our school three years later. The impact of this award has changed the culture of our school. One of the most significant findings about our project was that we decreased absenteeism by 50% from the previous school year following the implementation of our hand washing initiative. We continue to place a daily focus on health and wellness. There is a direct connection between this program and the culture of wellness that has been created at Dorset Shoals Elementary. Our school is eternally grateful for the opportunities that this program has created for our students, staff, and community.