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A Snapshot of the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP Award Recipients

Minnesota Students Earn National Recognition and a Whirlwind Trip

2011 SNAP with CDC
CDC's Vince Radke welcomes guests

2011 SNAP Recipients
Mrs. Elder, Siera Steiner and Taylor Schletter from Fulda High School

2011 SNAP with Franken
Fulda students and teacher meet Senator Franken

2011 SNAP Awards
Taylor and Siera receive crystal awards

A coloring contest for grades K-3, lesson plans for elementary students, a short play for the upper grades – all revolving around the importance of handwashing to prevent disease – were the ticket to a fabulous three-day, two-night, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for two Fulda, Minnesota, seventh graders and their teacher.

Siera Steiner and Taylor Schettler, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, along with their chapter advisor and teacher Marcine Elder, crammed a host of activities into their visit. They were also awarded with a check for $5,000 for their local FCCLA chapter. All this happened because they were the 2011 Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP National Award Recipients.

From the minute their plane landed in Washington, D.C., the trio embarked on a whirlwind visit that included stops at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of American History, the National Zoo (to meet the pandas!), the National Archives (to view the Declaration of Independence), dinner at Bobby Van’s Restaurant and a twilight limousine tour of the national monuments.  They also met with a host of special people, including representatives from the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (sponsors of the award); Michael Benjamin, the CEO of National FCCLA; and Minnesota’s members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives – Representative Tim Walz, Senator Al Franken and Senator Amy Klobuchar. They attended the board of directors meeting for ACI, where they were presented with engraved crystal awards and framed certificates. Photo ops galore!!

A few weeks after their D.C. trip, the Fulda FCCLA chapter  was off traveling again! They attended the FCCLA’s annual leadership conference in Anaheim, California, where they were honored in front of more than 6,500 teachers and students. At that ceremony, they received their $5,000 check, courtesy of ACI members Arylessence, Inc., Colgate-Palmolive Company, Ecolab Inc., GOJO Industries, Inc. and Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc. Their school will also receive hygiene and cleaning-product donations courtesy of several ACI members.

Since 2002, the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP program annually recognizes students who develop in-school education activities, projects or campaigns that teach the importance of everyday handwashing. The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP program is a joint initiative of ACI ( and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (

“The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP program honors student leaders who take the initiative to make their schools clean and healthy,” said Nancy Bock, ACI Vice President of Consumer Education. “The Fulda, Minnesota, students creatively used education resources from ACI and the Mayo Clinic to develop lesson plans, teach elementary school students, start a handwashing pledge program and
track absenteeism rates.”

For information on the 2012 Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP awards, visit The deadline to apply for national recognition is December 1, 2011.




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