School’s in session and cold and flu season is almost upon us, making it more important than ever to remind kids to keep their hands clean to prevent spreading disease. That’s the inspiration for SC Johnson Professional’s annual Happy Hands dispenser design contest, which for three years has promoted the importance of hand washing at school by encouraging K-12 students to use their creative skills and imagination to design a custom soap/sanitizer dispenser.
Registration is now open, and schools can enter the contest online now through November 1, 2018.
“After last year’s record-breaking flu season that affected hundreds of children, it’s so important to focus on hand hygiene in schools,” said Isabelle Faivre, Vice President of Marketing, SC Johnson Professional. “The Happy Hands contest allows students to exercise their artistic side while still learning on the importance of having clean, healthy hands. We received so many incredible submissions last year and can’t wait to see the talent this year’s contest will bring.”
The Happy Hands dispenser design contest is open to all students in grades kindergarten through 12. This year, for the first time, the first 50 school representatives to submit 15 or more student designs will receive a prize basket that includes a variety of SC Johnson Professional products to keep classrooms clean and organized, including Ziploc® Bags, Windex® Cleaner, Deb InstantFOAM® Complete Hand Sanitizer, and more.
Submissions will be evaluated for visual appeal, overall hand hygiene design, creativity, and unique design element. Finalists in the elementary and middle/high school categories will be announced on February 1, 2019 and the public can then vote for their favorite designs.
This year, SC Johnson Professional has also increased the prizes for Grand Prize Winners. The schools with the highest amount of votes in each category, grades K-5 and grades 6-8/9-12, will be announced in April 2019 and awarded a grand prize: a $300 gift card, a $750 donation to the school, and up to 500 manual soap/sanitizer dispensers featuring the winning design.
“We are so pleased that we were able to collaborate with SC Johnson Professional and share the exciting news that one of our visually impaired students won the Happy Hands contest,” said Susan Thomas, Director of Communications at Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind, a winning school in the 2017/2018 Happy Hands contest. “This contest gave us a chance to not only showcase our gifted students, but make hand washing a fun activity for everyone.”
After registering for the contest, schools will receive all the necessary rules, coloring templates, and free hand washing educational materials for their students.