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They’re Down with Good Hand Hygiene

October 7, 2008

Sure some rap lyrics are dirty, but students at Sampson G. Smith Intermediate School in Somerset, NJ, kept theirs clean in an effort to teach their classmates about the benefits of good hand hygiene. Students in Kaz Wright’s fifth grade class have received the 2008 Top Classroom Award from the “Healthy Schools, Healthy People: It's a SNAP” program for their original rap song and video about the importance of hand washing with soap and water.

SNAP (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) is a collaboration between the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The six-year old program encourages middle schools to help develop programs that make hand hygiene a priority for students, teachers, school health personnel, administrators and parents.

The students were honored with a two-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C., including an awards ceremony at the National Press Club. Kyle Sims and Samuel Abbey, who composed the lyrics, represented their class at the ceremony, along with their parents and their teacher. The dance routine was choreographed and performed by the whole class.

Member companies contributed products and/or financial assistance for the SNAP National Award Program, including The Dial Corporation, Gojo Industries, Inc. Reckitt Benckiser Inc., Technical Concepts, LLC and Water Journey, Ltd.

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