Children declare war on icky germs

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By Rose Willigar
The Record
PARRSBORO: Grades Primary and Grade 1 had a lesson in the importance of washing hands when Paul Hill and Linda McPhee visited Parrsboro Elementary to demonstrate hoe germs are passed from one person to another.
Paul Hill, chair of the community health board, and Linda McPhee, wellness coordinator, visited Parrsboro Elementary this month to demonstrate how germs are passed.
The pair have been visiting the Parrsboro Elementary school for four years at first making presentations to both the high school and elementary but now focus on the younger students.
"If we can catch them at a young age and encourage them to wash their hands properly, then this is something they will carry through as they get older," Hill said.
Being cold and flu season McPhee showed the youngsters how easily germs are passed when proper hand washing is not practiced. Applying vaseline with sparkles to a couple of the youngsters hand they were then asked to shake hands with their friends to show how cold and flu germs are passed amongst others.
"There's lots of reasons why you should wash your hands, we're here to help you understand why you should wash your hands," Hill told Grades Primary and 1.
"We've been doing this for about four years with the help of Harrisons Home Hardware, who supply the soap we give the kids and Parrsboro Metal Fabricators, who print our posters," Hill said.
The message sent to kids is "why wash your hands? Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
On January 13 Hill and McPhee made presentations to both pre-school classes and Grades Primary and 1 with everyone in the school receiving a bar of soap, supplied by Harrison's Home Building Supplies, to take home with them. The posters sent with the kids were printed by Parrsboro Metal Fabricators.

rwilligar@springhillrecord.com

Organizations: Parrsboro Elementary school, Harrison's

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