Good hy­giene pro­moted

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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