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Classroom Aids from ACI

Curriculum help is just a website away

Trying to do more with fewer financial resources is a challenge for anyone involved in education today. So if you are an educator who is looking for some exciting, easy-to-implement ideas to integrate into your curriculum, the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI?) and its partnerships have developed programs and materials to enhance classroom teaching across all grade levels.

Pre-K+: Hooray for Handwashing
This program, designed for Pre-K and up, focuses on teaching young children when to wash their hands and why it's important. These hand-hygiene education materials include a "Hooray for Handwashing" storybook, coloring sheets, music tracks (mp3) and sheet music. The materials are available for download or you can order all the digital files on a CD, as well as printed copies of the storybook. For more information, visit the At School section under the Clean Living tab at

Elementary School: The Art and Science of Bubbles
Through a dozen hands-on activities that are definitely fun, elementary school students will delight in learning all about the art, the science and the magic of bubbles. For more information, visit the At School section under the Clean Living tab at

Middle School: Soaps and Detergents
This program provides supplemental material for middle school science curriculums. Included are the origins of personal cleanliness (which date back to prehistoric times) and the history, chemistry, safety, product ingredients and manufacturing of soaps and detergents. For more information, visit the At School section under the Clean Living tab at

Middle School: Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP
Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) is a grassroots, education-based effort to improve health by making hand-cleaning an integral part of the school day. SNAP is designed to get the entire school community talking about clean hands by providing tools for incorporating hand hygiene into multiple subject areas and activities. The program is sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cleaning Institute. Information can be downloaded from

High School/College: Fact Sheets
Fact sheets are available through the American Cleaning Institute on a variety of topics that supplement the high school/college curricula or, in the case of college students, help them get over the hurdle of responsibility for their daily life. Topics covered include allergy and asthma education, choosing and using household cleaning products, how to use laundry detergents and laundry aids effectively, reading garment care symbols, safe use of household cleaners, food safety information and more. For more information, visit the Publications section under the Clean Living tab at

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