Medical Assistant students cleaning hands at local elementary school

Posted by on February 28, 2012

The Minnesota School of Business Brooklyn Center campus students in Patient Care Sciences I and Microbiology and Urinalysis classes were at the Earle Brown Elementary School teaching 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders about hand washing.  The medical assistant students took on the task of creating a fun and simple activity as part of their service learning class component.  Student, Jamie St. Hilaire had the idea of teaching her children’s fellow classmates about the importance of good hand washing skills.

For the activity, the medical assistant students had the elementary school kids cover their hands in a special powder and then wash their hands.  The powder that the kids put on their hands does wash off in water, but any remaining residue will show up under a special black light bulb.  The medical assistant students built four separate stations that the elementary kids could use to see how well they washed their hands.

Elementary student checking their hands under black light

The goal of this activity was to give the elementary kids a first-hand look at how well they are washing their hands.  The grade school kids had a lot of fun with this activity and were amazed to see where germs can hide on their hands even after they wash their hands.  While the kids were looking at their hands under the special black lights, the medical assistant students were sharing information about effective hand washing skills and common germ facts.

At the end of the activity, the medical assistant students donated one of their hand washing stations and powder to the school so that the school could do this workshop again in the future.

MSB-BC Medical Assistant student, Allysza Castile working with elementary students during a handwashing workshop

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