South Orangetown Community Elementary Schools PTA

William O. Schaefer Elementary School ~ Cottage Lane Elementary School

Germ Smart


Coordinator: Meg Zayac

The first of the Empower programs, Germ Smart was developed to educate students in K-1 at WOS on the importance of proper hand washing.  Parent volunteers attend an informational assembly to prepare them to partner with teachers in the classrooms.  Together, they helped students learn about germs and hygiene through fun, interactive demonstrations. Within two years of Germ Smart's implementation, there was a 20% decrease in absenteeism and a 40% decrease in visits to the school nurse at WOS!