The Healthy School Project

Achoo!  The sounds of sneezing and coughing let you know there are germs hunting down their next victim.  The cold and flu system hit my classroom pretty hard this year.  I can’t remember the last time I had 100% attendance.  As a teacher, I knew there had to be more I could do to keep my students healthy.

Part of my job as teacher is to teach my students good hygiene so they can avoid the germs around them.  But with germ shedding starting up to three days before someone feels sick, it’s hard to know who or what to avoid.  The grossest fact I’ve read this year: The average desk has 400 times more bacteria on it than the average toilet seat.

I keep asking the students to stay home if they don’t feel well to try to end the cycle.  It’s a challenge though.  A kid misses school, a parent misses work.  Our goal then is to keep the healthy children at school exactly that, healthy.

Healthy Schools Logo

The Healthy Schools Project, initiated by Kimberly-Clark Professional, knows that “to do well, students have to be well.”  This program relies on education and practical solutions.  To create healthier learning environments, the Healthy Schools Project provides hygienic solutions for all of the places students bring their germs, like the classroom, the cafeteria, and all common areas (that means almost everywhere!).

the healthy school project

To encourage good hygiene in the classroom, consider a Healthy Classroom Station.  A Healthy Classroom Station puts the tools to reduce the spread of germs right at children’s fingertips.  Since the Healthy Classroom Station has all of the supplies we’ll need in a plastic caddy, students know germ fighting is at their fingertips.  Using it, they’ll learn to wash, wipe, and sanitize.  Mine is packed with:

  • Kleenex Moisturizing Foam Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex Anti-Viral Facial Tissue
  • Scott Surface Wipes

If you are looking to fight absenteeism and increase healthy habits, check out the Healthy Schools Project website.  I’ll be happy to tell germs they flunk!

the healthy school project

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Comments

  1. 1

    OMG – I love that last picture!

    • 2

      Thanks! Do you know those clips they have so babies can’t drop their pacifiers? I’m thinking of inventing a similar product for tissues. If it’s attached to her, maybe she’ll use it!

  2. 3

    Great project!

    • 4

      Absolutely! It’s a great idea-allowing kids to have easy access to the things that will help keep them healthy.

  3. 5

    I love this project… school children are walking petri dishes. :) I love that last pic, too!

  4. 7

    That’s such a great little caddy – every bathroom needs one!

  5. 9

    Yipeee for no boogers on the shirt :)

  6. 10

    Sounds like a great project!

  7. 11

    It’s not the shirt that I worry about.. it’s the sneezing all over the place. I am still trying to teach my 2yo to cover her mouth.

  8. 13

    Yikes I remember using my shirt..

  9. 15

    Definitely a worthwhile project.

  10. 16

    I love the idea of a Healthy Classroom Station.

  11. 17

    That’s a great idea to have in a classroom!

    • 18

      Absolutely! My first year teacher, my mentor teacher suggested keeping the tissues as far away from myself as possible so that the kiddos with germs wouldn’t be swarming my desk. With the hand-sanitizer nearby, I don’t fear those in need of a tissue.

  12. 19

    Wish more schools cared about this.

    • 20

      It seems like kindergarten teachers stress healthy habits, but it’s so important to remind students of ways to keep themselves healthy.

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