Last Friday, our School Nurse, Sandra Caballero, taught us the importance of thoroughly washing our hands. It’s creepy to think we have 2-10 million germs on our hands to our elbows. That ferocious number doubles with each visit to the bathroom. It seems we dwell in Germ City.

Each year approximately, 395 million dollars is spent on sicknesses like the cold and flu. Approximately 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get the flu, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized with flu-related complications each year.

Nurse Sandra demonstrated the correct way we should use soap and water to wash our hands, making sure we scrub our palms, under our fingernails, and between each finger. Germs don’t like soap and water, and they especially don’t like it when we take time to do a thorough washing.

Each student’s hands were dusted with a powder resembling germs. Then students were instructed to wash their hands with soap and water. After each student was sure their hands were clean, Nurse Sandra would shine a black light on their hands to see if any of the dusting power was still there. We had only a few students who had spic and span hands.

Susan Zimmermann