Markers, glue, pom-poms and creativity have earned a fifth-grade Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School class a pizza party.
Art teacher Carol Ainsworth’s fourth-period class has won the Infection Control Week poster contest at Roosevelt General Hospital. The winning class gets a pizza party, and Ainsworth’s other five participating classes receive cookies.
Miya Hernandez, Brianna Brooks, Janae Hale and Shaye Trujillo created the winning poster.
RGH Director of Marketing Gay Weese said she and Infection Control Department head Tersa Bonifant have held the contest for the past three years, working with fifth-graders for the first time this year. Before, the contest involved sixth-graders, but Ainsworth is teaching fifth grade this year.
Infection Control Week is the week of Oct. 18.
The posters focus on the theme of washing hand to stop the spread of disease.
“It’s especially important during flu and allergy season,” Weese said.
Maria Rivas and Clayton Quezada, who both participated in the contest, said the class broke into groups to make posters, and one poster from the class went on to be judged.
Clayton said the project taught him to wash his hands, how to get off germs and how to draw a hand. Maria said she learned how to make small objects and how to measure items before pasting them to the poster to make sure they fit.
The students said it took two weeks to create their posters.
Weese said the posters hung in the hospital for a week, and RGH employees, auxiliary members and anyone else who showed interest were allowed to vote. When the votes were counted Wednesday, they showed the fourth-period poster was very popular.
“We always look for lots of color, lots of creativity, lots of individuality,” Weese said.
The fourth-period poster, which sported pom-pom “germs,” a title in colorful letters and hand-washing instructions in English and Spanish, was fun, she said.
Hospital staff member always try to teach children the importance of good hygiene habits such as hand-washing and sneezing into the crooks of their arms, Weese said. Children are often in large groups, she said, so the chance of being infected by disease is great.
“They’re just fun and excited about any new project,” Weese said, adding another reason why she likes to work with children.