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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 American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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 $1000 each. All participating classrooms receive a certificate of recognition.

2018 National Awards


Congratulations go to Kittitas Secondary School’s FCCLA Chapter from Kittitas, Washington. Grace Allphin and Natalia Benavides created a hand hygiene program "Paws for the Handwashing Cause" to teach students the correct way to wash hands within their school community. To learn more about their award winning project.


For more information visit the It's A SNAP web site –

Previous National Award Recipients Include:

  • 2017: Litchfield High School (Litchfield, MN)
  • 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)