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Wash Your Hands:
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Students, when you're sick you can miss out on class, sports, clubs, friends, and other exciting school activities. That's no fun!

As you probably know, germs are often to blame for keeping you on the sidelines. But where are they, and how do you beat them at their own game so you don't miss yours?


Mission #1:
Discover the secret hideouts of germs and how they spread through this fun investigation activity. (Click here to print activity).

Mission #2:
Do the math! What if just one person does not wash his hands?How many possible infections could he create before coming back to school the next day? Download the Don?t Hand Those Germs to Me and share the information with your friends and family. Count all the people you come into contact with (and all the people they come into contact with) between leaving school and coming back the following day. How many possible infections could you prevent when you wash your hands?

Mission #3:
Everything you need to know about handwashing you probably learned in Preschool. Click here for a refresher on the right way to wash your hands and when you should wash your hands!

Mission #4:
You know how and when to wash your hands, now share these handwashing facts everyone should know. Click here for an Infographic you can post on Facebook or you other favorite social networking site!

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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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