Global Handwashing Day

WHITTIER, Calif. (October 16, 2015) — Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 1.42.49 PMMembers of OMEP Whittier College, the student chapter of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, participated in handwashing activities with our students from October 12 to October 16 to celebrate Global Handwashing Day.

Each grade level prepared lessons and activities dedicated to learning about the importance of handwashing in preventing disease and saving lives. Preschool read stories, discussed the steps and importance of handwashing, and planned fun and messy activities to reinforce handwashing. Kindergarten and first grade incorporated Global Handwashing Day into their procedural writing unit by illustrating and labeling the steps to handwashing. The students in second grade discussed the importance of the Global Handwashing symbols (water, soap, and hand) and conducted their own handwashing experiment. Guest speaker and LVN, Cheryl Valencia, came to third grade to talk about the importance of handwashing in preventing the spread of germs. Fourth grade explored current events to broaden their understanding of the importance of handwashing and then created posters to display their learning. Fifth and sixth grade put their creative minds into motion with fifth grade’s #phrases about Global Handwashing Day and sixth grade’s filming of public service announcements presented to the fourth graders. Middle School joined the first graders to share picture books written and illustrated by the seventh and eighth graders for Global Handwashing Day.

We will revisit the conversations around the importance of handwashing as we continue our study of sustainable living. Thank you to all who participated in Global Handwashing Week!

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