Schools and parents try their hardest to encourage kids to wash their hands and to wash them good. One teacher’s simple hack stands out!
Mrs. Wood teaches 3rd grade in Hallsville, Missouri.
“We always experience a spike in illness and absentees this time of year due to different viruses and the common cold,” said Shauna Woods. “It’s a fact of life that many kids are in close corners, interacting with one another all day. They share many things, including germs.”
“I’ve had a ‘Mrs. Woods’ stamp for years and have used it to stamp my classroom books, I decided to grab that on a Monday morning, told students to wash their hands in the classroom sink and then come see their teacher – this was their morning work as we call it. I put the stamp on their hands and they were sold when I told them prizes were involved.” Explained Woods.
The first day was a “training day” because they all knew there would be a prize and wanted it gone right away. The teacher called it a “great motivator” for the kids. The goal, she said, is to get the kids to a place where washing their hands multiple times a day is second nature.