This month, students at Quarryville Elementary School are learning about hygiene while helping others.The health room has declared December as Hygiene Month.
"We all want to share over the holiday season, however, this often includes sharing germs that cause colds, stomach viruses, and the flu," said Fawn Sample, school nurse.
For the second year in a row as a way to teach the students about proper hygiene and helping others, parents, students and staff are collecting items for the hygiene tree to be donated to the Solanco Food Bank.
The artificial tree is located in the nurse's office and donated items are hanging from it.
The students are collecting combs, brushes, toothpaste, floss, tooth brushes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, shaving cream, aftershave, body spray and any other items of comfort used to keep bodies clean.
Sample said the hygiene tree has been a huge success the past two years.
"Some of the teachers have used the last few weeks to do dental health lessons and some are talking about ways we can help people who need it," she said. "When everyone is looking for the perfect gift for someone this time of year we thought the best gift you can give anyone or yourself is the gift of good health."
The school has collected more than 350 items so far. The items include combs, brushes, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, and cleaning supplies.
"These are items that the food bank said they can use but don't generally have donated," said Sample, who added that the food bank serves about 40 families in the area.
Sample has already taken some of the items to the food bank. The items will be collected until Dec. 19, which is when the final delivery will be made to the food bank.