Attachment-1Left to right: Knollwood School teacher Kristen Levy is pictured with sixth-grade students Leila Maldonado, Kira Fleischer and Jake Downie, during the Stars Science Competition held recently at Monmouth University.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

This past December, a group of observant students at Knollwood School in Fair Haven noticed a large number of their classmates coughing and sneezing their way through the day.

“Why is everyone so sick?,” they asked themselves. “And what can be done about it”?

The students — eighth-grader Reed DiCenso and sixth graders Aaron Bernstein, Jake Downie, Kira Fleischer and Leila Maldonado — suspected a link between inadequate hand-washing and the spread of viruses.

After conducting research, collecting and organizing their findings, and assembling data, the group made a compelling presentation at the 2014 Stars Science Competition at Monmouth University in West Long Branch on January 11.

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