Shade Foundation's 2016 Poster Contest First Place Massachusetts State Winner
Karolina Alvarez, a fifth grade student at St. Joseph School, may not have her driver’s license yet, but her driving tip to prevent skin cancer made her the first place Massachusetts State winner of the Shade Foundation’s 2016 Poster Contest. She and her fifth grade classmates studied radiant energy and learned about the harmful effects of the sun’s rays from the Shade Foundation’s SunWise curriculum.
This program was begun by Shonda Schilling, wife of baseball pitcher, Curt Schilling, in 2002 when she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Skin cancer is the most common cancer, affects one in five Americans, and is 95% preventable. Learning about sun safety at a young age is crucial to help avoid skin cancer in the future.
As a culminating project, the students created posters that reflected tips to stay sun-safe. Students must draw a poster that includes five SunWise action steps. Judges base the posters on “creativity, originality, the ability to show at least five of the Sun Safety Action Steps, and quality of artwork.” Karolina’s piece included the slogan, “Don’t drive into skin cancer, turn around, and take the right path.” She will receive a Shade Foundation backpack and Sun Safety Kit for being the state winner and will join a pool of competitors from other states for the national prize featuring a trip to the award ceremony in Washington D.C. and a tour of the U.S. Capitol. We wish her luck!