Each year, more than 164 million school days are lost due to illness*, which could be greatly reduced with proper handwashing. That’s why NSF International created the Scrub Club® – to raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing and ultimately improve the health of children and reduce school sick days. The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) has partnered with NSF on this groundbreaking initiative.
Scrub Club® to the Rescue
The Scrub Club® program is the first of its kind – a fun, interactive and educational Web site (www.scrubclub.org) that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. The site consists of a Webisode interactive games, educational music, downloadable activities for kids, educational materials for teachers and program information for parents.
Cast of Characters
The Scrub Club® is a group of seven kids and Ship-Shape – the mysterious but lovable leader who watches over the hands of the world’s children from his Bubble telescope – that join forces to fight off harmful germs and bacteria, teaching children the proper handwashing process along the way.
Each of the Scrub Club® kids represents one of the six steps of the handwashing process.
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Scrub Club Webisode
The cornerstone of the Web site is a Webisode entitled "The Good, the BAC and the Ugly," which features The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s loathsome but lovable character BAC® (from its Fight BAC!® public education campaign) along with his rotten-tootin’ sidekick Sal Monella in a wild west-themed adventure.
Note: The Scrub Club® is designed for children who are 3 to 8 years of age. Children in this age range are at different cognitive and developmental levels. To emphasize the importance of personal hygiene, NSF recommends that parents and educators aid in the educational process by viewing the Scrub Club® Web site with young children. Older school-age children will be able to navigate through the Web site with more autonomy so they can truly benefit from the fun and informative learning experience through individual Web site interaction. Overall, all children, parents, and educators will benefit from revisiting the Web site as new educational programs are introduced.