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Healthy Schools, Healthy People – It's a SNAP AwardHealthy School Healthy People in-school handwashing award program

The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) National Awards Program is a joint initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Cleaning Institute. This program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism. This grassroots, education-based effort can help improve health by making hand cleaning an integral part of the school day.

Each year one school receives the national award. This award includes an all-expense paid trip for three to Washington D.C. or Atlanta, Georgia to be honored at a special reception. In addition, a special celebration is planned for the classroom. Two runner-up recipients are also selected to receive a cash award of $250 each. All participating classrooms receive a certificate of recognition.

2017 National Awards

Litchfield FCCLA earns 2017 SNAP award

Congratulations go to Litchfield HS FCCLA from Litchfield, Minnesota.Carli Christensen, Hannah Schacherer and Meghan Stordahl (pictured right) created holiday themed activities to teach correct handwashing procedures using "SSSRD" as their mnemonic ("Soap, Scrub, Sing, Rinse, and Dry") through out their school community. Learn about the Litchfield HS FCCLA project

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For more information visit the It's A SNAP web site – www.itsasnap.org.

Previous National Award Recipients Include:

  • 2016: McBride High School (Long Beach, CA)
  • 2015: Fulda High School (Fulda, MN)
  • 2014: Dorsett Shoals Elementary School (Douglasville, GA)
  • 2013: Litchfield High School FCCLA (Litchfield, MN)
  • 2012: Diamond View Middle School (Susanville, CA)
  • 2011: Fulda High School FCCLA (Fulda, MN)
  • 2010: Forsyth High School FCCLA (Forsyth, MT) 
  • 2009: All Saints Regional Catholic School (Manahawkin, NJ)
  • 2008: Sampson G. Smith School (Somerset, NJ)
  • 2007: DeLaura Middle School (Satellite Beach, FL)
  • 2006: Altoona Middle School (Altoona, WI)
  • 2005: Ralston Middle School (Belmont, CA)
  • 2004: Crownover Middle School (Corinth, TX)
  • 2003: Goodrich Middle School (Lincoln, NE)