Soap dispensers that won the happy hands contest

After receiving over 6,000 votes, Deb Group announced the winners of its second annual Happy Hands contest, which promotes hand hygiene at schools by having students design custom dispensers. The winner in the elementary school category is Bryson C., a first grader at the Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind in Ogden. Maggie P., an eighth grader at St. Joseph Elementary School in Lockport, Illinois, won in the middle school category.

“It’s inspiring to see how the local communities rallied around the student finalists,” said Isabelle Faivre, Vice President of Marketing, Deb USA. “This contest shines a spotlight on students’ creativity and the importance of practicing good hand hygiene to keep everyone at school healthy.”

Both students will receive a $200 gift card. Additionally, each winning student’s school will receive a $500 donation and the winning designs will be custom printed for free on up-to 500 manual Deb soap/sanitizer dispensers for use at the school.

“We’re overwhelmed by the tremendous support Bryson received for his original design,” said Susan Thomas, Director of Communications, Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind. “We’re so happy that Deb Group created this contest to make hand hygiene fun. Bryson’s story also generated interest in donations to the school, an unexpected positive outcome from the contest.”

Students submitted their designs from Sept. 6 – Nov. 30, 2017 and five finalists in each category were announced on Feb. 1, 2018. Submissions were evaluated for visual appeal, overall hand hygiene design, creativity and unique design elements. The public voted online for their favorites during the month of February.

As part of this year’s contest, Deb Group also donated two dollars for each entry it received, contributing a total of $750 to the Houston School District as part of the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

To see all the contest finalists, last years winners and to register for the 2018-2019 contest, click here. Registrants will receive all the contest details and rules, coloring template and lots of hand washing educational materials for students.

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