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2 Thumbs Up for Healthy Hands

P.E. Teacher Nick Epstein addresses students at an assembly. Click the image above to see more highlights from the 2 Thumbs Up for Healthy Hands campaign!

Project Activities

  • Student Assembly
  • Handwashing booth at Fall Festival
  • Staff Meeting
  • Sign at school entrance
  • Posters made by the School's Art Club
  • 5th Graders read to Kindergarten and 1st Grade
  • Apple Experiment
  • Handwashing Hands on Learning Stations

Dorsett Shoals Elementary School held a program called 2 Thumbs Up For Healthy Hands aimed at reducing absences during cold and flu season.

Shannon Hendrix, a registered nurse who serves as the health services coordinator for Dorsett Shoals and other local schools, said all 423 students at Dorsett Shoals were exposed to the program that was aimed at making hand washing fun and educational.

Nick Epstein, the physical education teacher at Dorsett Shoals, said most people think of washing their hands as something basic, especially before meals. But he said what teachers are noticing is that many kids don’t take the time to perform that simple, preventative measure.