Teacher’s sly hand-washing trick makes waves online: 'We are doing our best'

A woman who spends the majority of her time in a notoriously germy place has come up with a brilliant trick to encourage cleanliness.

Shauna Woods, a third-grade teacher at Hallsville Schools in Hallsville, Missouri, took to Facebook on March 2 to share the method she uses to get her young students to properly wash their hands on a regular basis.

“We are doing our best in room 550 to keep the germs away,” Woods wrote. “Students got stamps on their hands this morning. If it’s gone by the end of the day from washing their hands, they get a prize.” 

“We are trying,” she added.

With Woods’s method, students who are able to wash off their stamp by the end of the day by thoroughly and frequently washing their hands are given a small prize — an incentive which immediately “sold” the children on the idea, she told Good Morning America.

“Providing a visual reminder and incentive has boosted their hygiene regimen,” she explained, calling the trick a great motivator and an easy way to make hand washing second-nature to her students at an early age.

“I even joined in on the fun and put a stamp on my hand to be their positive role model,” she added.

The CDC has designated hand washing as one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from sickness.

The organization recommends washing your hands often with soap and clean, running water for a duration of 20 seconds each time.

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