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Benton school nurse uses glow kit to show students how quickly germs spread

The glow kit revealed everything the kids touched -- germs spread on their hands, side of faces, and arms.

BENTON, Ark. — A school nurse at Benton’s Angie Grant Elementary has showed students why washing your hands is so important.

Because it’s flu season, you likely hear “wash your hands” a lot.

It’s no different for second graders in Anna Lowrance’s class.

"I’m making sure they sneeze into their elbow, not their hands,” said Lowrance. 

Several students at the school have come down with the flu.

So, Lowrance and the school nurse, Ronda Wagner paired up to show students why they need to keep germs at bay.

“We did a project with a germ glow kit,” said Wagner. “I put powder on a football; the kids tossed it around. Then, I got the ultra-violet light, shut off the lights, and they saw what was on their hands.”

The light revealed everything the kids touched, germs spread on their hands, side of faces, and arms.

The lesson really got students in Mrs. Lowrance's class thinking and doing, washing their hands properly.

“We are keeping our hands clean, so we aren't spreading the germs,” said Lowrence.

Remember, if your child is sick, do not send them to school.

They need to be fever-free for one hour before returning.

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