Artwork Rewards Students Who Pledge to Prevent COVID-19
(NOBLESVILLE, NOVEMBER 12, 2020)
A Carmel High School sophomore has partnered with the Hamilton County Health Department to help educate elementary students about the importance of fighting COVID-19.
Ainsley Strothkamp created a poster, which shows high school mascots masked up, as a reward for elementary students who pledge to live by the health department’s “Show Some C.L.A.S.S.” campaign for 30 days. The acronym stands for:
C – Check your child’s temperature every morning before sending them to school.
L – Lead by example. Let your child see you wearing a mask and modeling good social distancing.
A – Avoid large gatherings. Slumber parties, carpools, and birthday parties are discouraged.
S – Schedule a test if you or someone in your family exhibits signs of COVID-19.
S – Stay home until you receive your test results or if you are not feeling well.
“I hope my drawing elicits school spirit and pride,” said Strothkamp. “I hope it will ultimately increase awareness of the campaign and educate kids about what they need to do to keep themselves and others safe and healthy.”
Teachers in Hamilton County’s elementary schools have been sharing an educational video about COVID-19 to their students in recent weeks. Produced by the Health Department, the video encourages children to adopt the C.L.A.S.S. acronym outside the classroom. Children who choose to, can sign a pledge promising to live by the C.L.A.S.S. acronym for 30 days. Those who complete it, will receive one of Strothkamp’s posters.
“The kids are doing a phenomenal job of following the C.L.A.S.S. acronym at school,” said Tammy Sander, public relations specialist for the Health Department. “But not everyone takes those good habits home with them. If we can encourage kids and their parents to make the same good choices at home, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the quarantine of dozens of kids at school.”
The Health Department is working closely with the public and private school systems in Hamilton County to educate K-12 students about the C.L.A.S.S. acronym. The campaign has enlisted the help of student ambassadors, teachers, coaches, and parent-teacher organizations. If you are interested in learning more, visit https://www.showsomeclass.org.