Litchfield HS Seniors and FCCLA Chapter Members Carli Christensen, Hannah Schacherer and Meghan Stordahl.

Litchfield HS FCCLA Earns 2017 Award

Join the American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in congratulating Litchfield HS FCCLA from Litchfield, Minnesota for earning the 2017 Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP National Award for their "Healthy Holidays" campaign. 

During the month of October, in anticipation of Halloween, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members Carli Christensen, Hannah Schacherer and Meghan Stordahl created a "Germ City" to teach correct handwashing procedures using "SSSRD" as their mnemonic ("Soap, Scrub, Sing, Rinse, and Dry").

In November, with the holidays in mind, the team conducted a bread experiment. The team also created videos for Christmas and Valentine’s Day that were shown throughout the schools in Litchfield, Minnesota, further promoting their project’s hand hygiene messages.

To further drive their messages, the team created posters around upcoming holidays that were placed in the school’s restrooms that provided statistics about the importance of proper handwashing. They also incorporated social media to promote their messages about healthy handwashing habits.

Carli , Hannah and Meghan Stordahl will be traveling to Washington, DC in May for the awards ceremony and an opportunity to share their what they’ve learned with leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Cleaning Institute, cleaning product industry leaders as well as with their state’s elected representatives on Capitol Hill.

Here’s what this year’s winners had to say about Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP!: "Especially now during cold and flu season, washing our hands is important to keep our community healthy. It is especially important in our school district to keep our students heathy. By participating in this project, we learned how to communicate important messages to people of all ages. We didn't expect to win the competition, but it was a great surprise and we are ecstatic to go to Washington D.C. We encourage others to participate because it is such a great experience!"

The 2017 Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP National Awards Ceremony on May 17 included a video presentation from CDC and a presentation from the national award recipient. Click here to view the recorded video.

Runner-Up Award Recipients

The Brickell Academy at Old Donation School from Virginia Beach, Virginia earned a runner-up award with their "Expert Germ Stopper Ambassadors" program. A local doctor teamed up with her daughter’s third grade class to train these hand hygiene ambassadors about the importance of proper handwashing. They then presented their program to the other third grade classes in their school, reaching one hundred students with their hand hygiene message.

Medford, OK FCCLA from Medford, Oklahoma also earned a runner-up award. "ABC, I’m Germ Free" that included story time, handwashing demonstrations, a practice handwashing demonstration for a local Head Start and activities for Junior High and High School students.

Will next year be your turn to earn an award for keeping your hands clean? Lean more about the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP program!