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Athenians Care Campaign

January 26, 2021

What do “Twinkle, twinkle little star” and the “Happy Birthday” songs have in common? Yes, they’re both associated with children, but they’re also both excellent songs to accompany a 20-second hand-washing session (although you’ll have to sing “Happy Birthday” twice).

Thorough — and frequent — hand scrubbing is always an excellent strategy during flu season, but it’s particularly vital now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This, social distancing, and other, more traditional elements of wellness, such as reducing stress, eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep, are features of Mount Saint Mary’s Athenians Care Campaign that launched this semester as part of the Wellness Movement. 

The program serves as a campus-wide public health education effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and within our communities. Linda McMurdock, vice president for student affairs, describes Athenians Care as epitomizing the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, as it was created to serve the community at large and respond to the needs of the time.

“It has been pretty remarkable to see that the institution really does live and breathe its mission. We’re trying to make sure everybody is being taken care of to the best of our ability,” says McMurdock.

The Mount community is asked to sign the Athenians Care Social Commitment pledge. The pledge states that signers will abide by social distancing and other safety measures to keep themselves and their community safe. Senior Julie Tapia, a psychology and religious studies major, says she signed the pledge “because I care about my Mount family. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay unstoppable.”

You too can participate in the Athenians Care Campaign by signing the pledge on the COVID-19 page of the MSMU website. More than 450 members of the Mount community have already done so.

Please follow the guidelines to keeping yourself and others safe. And add some fun into the mundane act of hand washing by finding your own 20-second spot playlists and get your hands wet, add soap, lather/scrub and rinse while singing.