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The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP program has a review panel that evaluates all projects, activities and campaigns submitted for national recognition. Each year, up to three schools are chosen for national recognition for outstanding student efforts to promote hand hygiene and infection control.

View the Photos page and the Videos to see the previous award recipients and learn about the phenomenal projects that earned them national recognition.


Each year, one top classroom project, activity or campaign will be selected to receive the national award. Two exceptional runner-up projects may also be recognized.

The top-recipient classroom will receive special recognition for the entire classroom. Up to three representatives from the school will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with leaders from CDC, ACI, industry and Capitol Hill.

Honor Roll Certificates!

Each participant can also receive a Clean Hands Honor Roll certificate. This is a ready-made certificate for teachers, administrators and nurses to recognize students who have been involved in the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP handwashing program. Click the Honor Roll Certificate link below and print as many copies as you need.

Honor Roll Certificate [PDF]


If you are interested in participating in the “Healthy Schools, Healthy People, - It’s A SNAP” program please contact us with your request for free materials. In your email please include your name, your title/position, the name of your school, your email address, and the address to which you would like the materials sent. Or you can download the materials now by clicking on the links below.

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Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention). Established 2003. The information contained in this website was compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cleaning Institute®. This information is not copyrighted. It is for educational purposes only.

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