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June 30, 2015 09:06 AM

Klobuchar Meets with National Healthy Schools Award Winners from Fulda High School

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar met with Eli Gonzalez and Tyler Ackerman from Fulda High School to congratulate them and the schools’ ninth and tenth grade Family and Consumer Science class for receiving the 2015 Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! Award. The national award recognizes efforts to improve hand hygiene habits among students in order to prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism. It is presented by the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention (SNAP) in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Cleaning Institute.

"In Minnesota, we know how critical handwashing is to preventing illness, especially during the winter months," said Klobuchar. "Students at Fulda High School are taking action to help ensure students know not only the importance of handwashing, but also the correct way to do it. It was an honor to meet with Eli and Tyler and congratulate their class on its efforts to increase handwashing in the community so that kids are spending less days sick at home and more days learning at school."

As part of a campaign called "Clean Up Germ City," fifteen students from Fulda High School’s ninth and tenth grade Family and Consumer Science class created lesson plans for elementary schools students to teach correct handwashing steps and informed their community about how to avoid getting sick with promotions through social media, local newspapers, the school website, and cable TV stations.

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CAPTION: Senator Klobuchar meets with students from Fulda High School who were recognized with a national healthy school award.