Sun Safety Poster Contest Open to Utah Students Grades K-8, Statewide Contest Deadline March 28

Sun Safety Poster Contest Open to Utah Students Grades K-8, Statewide Contest Deadline March 28

Mar 16, 2012 9:58 AM

SALT LAKE CITY—March 16, 2012—It’s never too early to learn about sun safety, say a group of concerned Utah physicians. That’s why they’ve partnered with the SHADE Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring a national poster contest to Utah students from kindergarten to eighth grade.

“Utah’s melanoma rate is one of the highest in the nation,” says Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology at the University of Utah and director of the Melanoma & Cutaneous Oncology Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). “Teaching our children at an early age to protect their skin from the sun while still enjoying outdoor activities can help reverse this sobering statistic.”

The University of Utah Department of Dermatology, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN) invite teachers across the state to involve their students in the state- and nationwide contest. Children are also invited to make their posters at the Salt Lake City Library, 210 East 400 South, on Saturday, March 24, from 2 – 5 p.m. in the Level 4 meeting room. Art supplies and paper will be provided. Children under eight years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Deadline for the statewide contest is Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Judges will announce the winners on April 6 during a finalists’ party at Huntsman Cancer Institute. 

Reagan Outdoor Advertising has agreed to donate a billboard to display the state-wide grand prize-winning poster; the location to be determined following the competition so it can be as close to the winner’s school as possible. The first place winner in the grades K-3 division will win a bicycle; the first place winner in the grades 4-8 division will win a new Apple iPad.

The winning posters will be entered into the national contest. More than 100,000 students have participated nationwide since the EPA organized the program nine years ago. This year, the first place grade 4-8 division winner in the national contest will be awarded a family trip to Disney World, and their school will receive a shade structure valued at up to $12,000.

Participating schools receive an educational toolkit with information and suggested learning activities to teach their students about sun safety. The students are then encouraged to translate what they learn into their posters and into their attitudes about sun safety.

For rules, entry forms, and more information on the SunWise with Shade Annual Poster Contest, go to

Established in 1995, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah serves the needs of cancer patients and their families with research, education, and treatment. HCI is a nationally recognized cancer research center that also offers patient care for all types of cancer, as well as education and outreach for ways to prevent and treat cancer.

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