The first grade students come in each day eager to learn new things. They are open to the new information provided to them, and in their eagerness they are willing to share the new things they have learned with family and friends.
They excitedly share what they have learned in their class with me during the day; and their optimism that they can accomplish what they have been challenged to do is heartwarming.
Our students live in a low income area where 64% of our students received free or reduced-price lunches last year. If parents feel they need to make a choice when making purchases for their families, they may choose to let personal hygiene items lapse, not realizing the importance of those items in keeping their families healthy.
Young children are always in contact with dirt, whether they are inside or out. Dirt carries germs, such as bacteria and viruses, and it is crucial for them to understand the importance of washing your hands, showering regularly, and wearing clean clothes to remove the germs that cause illness from their bodies. When children miss school related to preventable illnesses, they are missing instruction, and frequent absences result in poor grades.
Hygiene education provided through school instruction is key in reducing the rates of transmissible disease, and assisting in decreasing the rate of absenteeism in schools.
Young students are receptive to learning and are more likely to embrace new healthier habits. They will openly share their new information and habits with their family, which may create a healthier standard for the entire family.
The Bag of Germs Kit, Glo Germ Powder, and posters in this project will be used to teach my students the importance of proper hand washing, and the importance of covering your cough to prevent the spread of illness in the classroom, affecting quality education time.
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