FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
International Announces Winners of the Clean Hands Game
April 23, 2009
Game Sought out the Cleanest Hands in America's Classrooms
ARBOR, MI - The Scrub Club today announced the winners of the Clean Hands
Game, which challenged elementary teachers and students across the
country to start scrubbing to demonstrate their best hand washing habits.
Created by NSF International, a public health and safety organization, the
Scrub Club® is a fun and interactive Web site that teaches children the proper
way to wash their hands.
The winners of the Clean Hands Game include:
Barb Meduna's sixth grade class, South Heart School, South
Heart, North Dakota
Janet Edmondson's second grade class, Sunnyslope School,
Theresa Barker's sixth grade class, St. Vincent De Paul
School, Bedford, Indiana
Carolyn Kenley's sixth grade class, Westmore Elementary,
Debbie Knott and Richel Eskridge's first grade class,
South Routt Elementary School, Yampa, Colorado
Peggy Barnes and Cindy Ashley's kindergarten class., South
Routt Elementary School, Yampa, Colorado
Molly Johnson's fourth grade class, Farley Elementary,
Jean Kennedy's fifth grade class, Farley Elementary,
Danyell Dancer & Latia Sloan's kindergarten-sixth
grade group, Lakewest YMCA, Dallas, Texas
Leatha Dvorak's kindergarten-sixth grade
after school program, Andes Central Elementary School, Lake Andes,
Clean Hands Game was launched to help raise awareness about the importance of
hand washing. To participate in the Clean Hands Game, educators had to track
how many times each student washed his or her hands over a period of one month
and submit their results to NSF International. Each of the winners listed above
will receive a certificate of achievement for their hand washing efforts and a
$100 gift card to spend on school supplies.
"We are happy to see that the Clean Hands Game has helped us raise awareness
about hand washing. The kids now have a better understanding of why it is so
important to have clean hands to help stay healthy," said Erin Havel, Health
Services, South Routt Elementary School. "It was also great to see how the
students and their parents responded so positively to the game. They really
enjoyed the friendly competition."
The Scrub Club Web site is a free resource that features activities for kids,
including an interactive Webisode about the Soaper-Heroes and their battle
against harmful germs and bacteria. Educational materials (in French, Spanish
and English) for teachers, as well as information for parents are also
"NSF's mission is to improve and protect public health, and that mission starts
in the classroom with education," said NSF President and Chief Executive
Officer Kevan P. Lawlor. "Our goal was that the Clean Hands Game would function
as a tool for educators to teach children about proper hand washing habits at
an early age. I congratulate the winners for showing great leadership and
commitment to such an important practice."
About the Scrub Club®
NSF's Scrub Club®, launched in 2004, is a series of Web-based, interactive
resources designed to teach children proper hand washing techniques and hygiene
habits. Each of the Scrub Club® Soaper Heroes represents one of the six steps
in the hand washing process - "Hot Shot" and "Chill" combine to make warm water
essential for proper hand washing; "Squeaks" turns into various forms of soap;
"Taki" becomes a clock that counts down the required 20 seconds for proper hand
washing; "Scruff" reminds kids to clean around their nails; "Tank" turns into a
sink to rinse away the germs; and "P.T." transforms into paper towels.
The free Web site includes activities for kids, educational materials for
teachers, as well as information for parents. Interactive games "Stop Fluin'
Around" and "Big E's Grossest Hits" teach kids how to protect themselves from
Influenza and E. coli. The cornerstone of the Web site is a Webisode or cartoon
featuring the Scrub Club® as they join forces to fight off harmful germs and
bacteria, teaching children the proper way to wash their hands along the way.
The first Webisode, "The Good, the BAC, and the Ugly," finds the Scrub Club®
battling the loathsome, but loveable character BAC (from the Partnership for
Food Safety Education's Fight BAC! public education campaign), and one of his
partners in "grime" Sal Monella in a wild-west themed adventure. For additional
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent,
not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and
writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org).
Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety
worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and
Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits
for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered
through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification
provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF
Center for Public Health Education.