With the first days of school right around the corner, Fayette County Memorial Hospital (FCMH) is doing its part to make sure students start the year off right. On Friday staff joined The Big Blue Bus of Washington Court House City Schools to distribute over 500 hygiene kits to kids.
The kits contain everything a child could need for good back-to-school hygiene, according to Whitney Gentry, FCMH marketing director. Toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, body wash and a few other items were included. FCMH staff donated combs and deodorant to complete the kits.
“Back-to-school is an expensive time with clothes, school supplies, and everything else that goes with it,” Gentry said. “We want to make sure the students have the essentials to manage proper hygiene because, just like proper nutrition, it does have an effect on academic performance.”
The hygiene kits were the third in a series of Big Blue Bus partnerships between FCMH and the schools. In June the hospital offered a healthy kids relay to teach the importance of diet and exercise. In July they distributed jump ropes in an effort to again promote exercise.
“If we can start these kids off at an early age thinking about diet, exercise and healthy life choices, they will reap the benefits over their lifetime,” said Gentry.