Local Students Learn How To Fight Germs

By: Stacy McCloud
By: Stacy McCloud

Knoxville (WVLT) - Thousands of area students have been out of school recently because of the spread of the flu and other illnesses.

Volunteer TV's Stacy McCloud shows you how one group of first graders is now armed with the knowledge that two "special agents" can help them and others stay healthy.

Mrs. James first grade class at Mooreland Heights Elementary was under the microscope Wednesday.

With a little help, Shoney Bear, invaded the classroom in search of their biggest enemy, germs!

In order to wash them all down the drain, they had to learn how to properly get the job done.

Seth Linkous from Children's Hospital says, "we like to call it defensive hand-washing as we go in the classrooms. It's their first line of defense against cold and flu this season."

But did the lesson work? A test followed to find out!

Each child got that special goo that will leave proof of any germs, that are still left behind even after washing.

Linkous continues, "we let them wash an then show them where they might have missed so it shows where they need to work on their hand-washing skills"

Just as they were taught, each child soaped up, scrubbed in, and some even sang.

Experts stood around to make sure they were washing the full 20 seconds needed to get clean.

Still yet, students saw first hand, that a lesson in hand-washing it's much harder than meets they eye.

Each child in the group got to take a soap kit home from Children's Hospital and have their picture taken with Shoney Bear.


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