American Cleaning Institute - For Better Living
July 14, 2016 09:53 AM

Healthy Schools, Healthy People: Teaching More than Handwashing

  • California Students Learn Important Life Skills
  •  ACI Members Donate $5,000, Handwashing Supplies to Long Beach’s McBride High School

2016 SNAP Awards Check

Three students from McBride High School in Long Beach, California - Paola Alvarez, Montserrat Pineda and Kelly Chinchilla - flew to Washington, DC in June to receive the 2016 Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP National Award for their "Soapy Warriors"/ "Los Guerreros del Jabón" project.

But, according to their teacher, the students’ project taught them more than just handwashing.

"The students are learning important life skills including project planning, team work, research, public speaking, and poise," says their teacher, Laura Castillo, who accompanied the students to DC.

ACI Members Support Student Leaders
During the awards ceremony at ACI headquarters, the McBride team gave a presentation to ACI’s Board of Directors. The team was also honored by Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director for CDC who delivered her greetings by video. To help McBride High School continue their handwashing efforts, ACI member companies donated a $5,000 cash award and hand washing supplies. The ACI member companies who helped sponsor this year’s national awards program were Arylessence, Inc., Colgate-Palmolive Company, Ecolab Inc., GOJO Industries, Inc., Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. and Water Journey Ltd.

Students Tell Their Story on Capitol Hill
While in DC, the McBride team met with their Congressman, U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal, and the office staff of California U.S. Senators Feinstein and Boxer to talk about the importance of school health. To better understand their nation’s history and culture, the team also toured some of DC monuments and the Capitol and visited Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History and National Zoo.

About the Awards Program
McBride High School joins an elite group of 14 other schools who’ve been recognized as the Healthy Schools, Healthy People National Award Recipient since 2003.

The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) program is a joint initiative of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) that 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. Learn more at

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