Students in grades K-8 are invited to share their bright ideas about sun safety and win great prizes in the 2012 SunWise with SHADE Poster Contest! The annual contest is a joint effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SunWise program and the SHADE Foundation to educate children on how to protect their skin and eyes from too much sun exposure.
Overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer, eye damage, and immune system suppression. Unfortunately, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Sun protection is especially important for children because practicing sun safety from a young age can decrease risk for developing skin cancer.
The due date for entries is April 1st, and original, hand-drawn posters (8.5 x 11 inch) should show sun safety action steps. More information is available at: www.epa.gov/sunwise/postercontest.html
Contest participants are eligible for state and national prizes, and the national winner will receive a family trip to Disney World and a Shade 'N Net shade structure for their school. The national winner will be decided through an online vote open to everyone. Top posters will be displayed at the National Children's Museum during summer 2012.