College students teach the importance of handwashing

4-H Afterschool students at Cochrane-Fountain City school learned about proper handwashing techniques from guest educators. College students from Winona State University’s community nursing course developed a lesson about how and when to hand wash to effectively eliminate germs. 4-H members received “goo” on their hands and saw how “dirty” their hands were under the black light. Then, students practiced washing their hands and again looked under the black light to reveal how successfully they cleaned their hands. Several students had properly washed while others learned areas of their hands that they need to focus on for improved cleanliness. The partnership between the UW-Madison Division of Extension Buffalo County 4-H Afterschool program and the WSU nursing program is a strong one that has been providing opportunities for engagement between elementary and college students for a decade.

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