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Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Kids learn that germs are everywhere!

Germs are everywhere! Our best defense against them is to wash our hands.

That’s the take-away from a Germ Clinic taught to young campers by an infection control nurse at Marshall Medical Center North.



“I help prevent infections,” RN Gloria Clemons told students. “Infections are caused by what? Germs.”


Clemons demonstrated how germs are spread by shaking hands with each child after she rubbed glow powder on her hands. Then the children looked at their hands under a black light – called the Germ Buster – and saw how the substance spread from her hands to theirs. Clemons then showed them how it also had spread around the room.


After discussing the lesson and the importance of hand washing, students washed their hands and enjoyed lunch. The program was the idea of Heather Epperson, director of children’s ministry at Guntersville United Methodist Church, who requested the hospital offer a lesson for the 4-year-old to second-graders in her Kids in Motion summer camp.