Klobuchar Meets with Litchfield Students Recognized for Healthy Schools and Hygiene

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WASHINGTON – At her Senate office, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar met with students from Litchfield recognized for their work promoting proper handwashing and hygiene in their community.

The Litchfield Middle School Students were top award recipients for the 2019 Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Cleaning Institute (ACI).

“Developing proper hygiene is important for healthy schools and communities to help prevent the spread of infections and avoid getting sick,”said Klobuchar. “Our students from Litchfield are the leaders of tomorrow and they have done incredible work promoting handwashing in their community. I am proud to see Minnesotans representing our state so well on the national stage.”

The Litchfield students led a campaign for a “Clean Start” regimen that helped students remember proper hand hygiene habits are crucial to staying healthy.  The students taught a group of preschoolers and 118 fifth graders how to wash their hands correctly and provided information about the risks of spreading germs and bacteria.

The School Network for Absenteeism Prevention (SNAP) program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits among students to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and reduce related absenteeism.  It is a joint project of the CDC and ACI.

The SNAP National Recognition Program motivates school teams from across the nation to create their own clean hands awareness projects.

Senator Klobuchar meets with Litchfield Middle School students in Washington, D.C. recognized for their work promoting handwashing: Ellie Brown, Shelby Dengerud, Olivia Olson, and Camryn Iverson with their project advisors: Julie Rick, Jennifer Kraabel, and Katharine McGraw, and Rachel Collins of the American Cleaning Institute.

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