Good hygiene promoted
SCHOOL children from South Perth Primary School, Collier Park Primary School and Curtin Primary School will learn about the dangers of meningococcal disease.
The program, Kiddy Canter, is run annually and is designed to encourage good basic hygiene practices such as washing hands prior to eating, covering your mouth when coughing and not sharing food or drink among children.
About 350 schools and childcare centres have signed up to the program, run by Southern River not-for-profit community organisation the Amanda Young Foundation.
Amanda Young contracted meningococcal disease and died when she was just 18.
Her parents Barry and Lorraine established the Amanda Young Foundation in 1998 with the aim of reducing deaths in WA from meningococcal disease, and supporting survivors of the disease.
Huntingdale Primary School was one of the schools that taught students about the disease.
Teacher Lauren Vandermeulen said the students loved listening to a big-book story and taking part in the related craft activities.
“After school, I heard my students telling their parents all about what they had made and learnt – it was fantastic to hear the information getting passed on from four-year-old children.”
Mr Young said students were given a booklet that talked about hygiene at gatherings such as school parties.
Kindergarten teacher Lauren Vandermeulen with students Bridgette Quaynor, Brady Harris and Alirah Riley.