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Students and faculty team together to celebrate the upcoming Global Handwashing Day 

Demorest, Georgia, Sept. 11, 2020- Students at Piedmont College will celebrate Global Handwashing Day on Thursday Oct. 15 to demonstrate the importance of washing your hands. 

The Mass Communications media writing class is banding together with biology professor Dr. Julia Schmitz and her microbiology class to develop an on-campus celebration of Global Handwashing Day. Schmitz wants students to understand the importance of handwashing with soap, rather than relying on hand sanitizer. 

“Soap is going to be better,” she said. “The difference is that hand sanitizer uses alcohol where soap basically has oils in it and it also has an alkaline base in it. Soap is going to break water tension so when you’re washing your hands, the bacteria tends to stick to the grease and oils that are on your hands. The soap acts as a mediator between the water and oil grease on your hands. When you rinse off the soap, it’s also going to rinse off the germs that are connected to the oils. That is why soap is actually better to use.” 

On Oct. 15, a station will be set up in the Commons that displays how much someone actually covers their hands in the 20 seconds they wash them. This will be shown by spreading ink all over gloved hands. Then they will proceed to wash their hands for 20 seconds. Additionally, a Tik Tok contest will be held for students, with prizes going to those who make the most creative video about washing hands. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic provides a stark reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of a virus is also one of the simplest: hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap” says The Global Public-Private Partnership

The Global Public- Private Partnership is emphasizing the importance of handwashing due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the world is going through currently. They explain that the simple action of washing your hands could potentially stop the spread of a virus. The organization is very firm about trying to end this pandemic and keeping individuals safe beyond it. They want handwashing to be a priority now and in the future. 

For more information about Global Handwashing Day and the event at Piedmont College, email Joe Dennis at

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About Piedmont College 

One of the most dynamic small colleges in the Southeast, Piedmont is an independent liberal arts college of more than 2,260 students. The college’s four schools—Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences—develop tomorrow’s leaders by engaging students in the classroom, in their community, and around the world. Founded in 1897, Piedmont offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs at its Demorest residential campus in the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and at its Athens campus in the heart of Georgia’s Classic City. Information can be found at

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