Straight Talk March 2015
With the focus of the Foundation being the total development of the youths attending Boys’ Town All Age School, the Straight Talk session held on March 6, 2015 highlighted the importance of taking responsibility for their daily deportment. Specific emphasis was placed on personal hygiene areas, including the face, hair, body, clothes, hands, feet and mouth. During the very active session, students were challenged to take a look at how they presented themselves to the world, reflect on the value that they place on themselves, and consider how others respond to personal hygiene.
The students demonstrated best practices with washing their hair, which lead to a discussion on the frequency of washing the hair for girls vs. boys. We also examined some skin diseases and bad odors which may result when proper care is not taken. This led us into discussing the importance of proper and frequent washing of school uniforms and other undergarments. A lively conversation ensued about some of the pitfalls to be faced when dirty or otherwise smelly clothes is worn.
Other discussions were held, surrounding the importance of cleaning hands and finger nails including some of the resulting germs and diseases.
We looked at why the teeth and mouth have to be cleaned and what would cause them to give off bad odours, cause mouth and dental diseases such as cavities, gingivitis, and stomach disorders such as indigestion. We spoke lastly on keeping their shoes clean and dry especially if they have sweaty feet that may lead to bad odors and skin fungus. The students and teachers eagerly volunteered some methods of keeping sweaty feet dry and also taking care of their shoes after school each day.
The session wrap up was in the form a quiz to the students which evoked much participation, as most students eagerly wanted to catch the “leader football”, which enabled them to answer questions.