WASHINGTON, DC – The Shade Foundation has announced that Alexia, a fourth grade student at the Fairfield Magnet School for Math & Science in Winnsboro, South Carolina, is the national winner of this year’s Shade Foundation Sun Safety Poster Contest.
Now in its thirteenth year, the annual Sun Safety Poster Contest invited students nationwide to create original artwork that depicts the steps people should take to protect themselves from damaging U/V rays that can cause skin cancer, including avoiding tanning beds, using SPF 30+ sunscreen and wearing protective clothing. Students learn about these steps as part of their curriculum. Posters are judged on their sun safety educational value, in addition to creativity, originality, and overall quality of the artwork.
“Since we started this poster contest more than a decade ago, more than 167,000 students across the country have submitted posters and learned about sun safety in the process,” said James Norton, chair of the Shade Foundation Board of Directors. “We are thankful to the students and teachers across the country who participated in this year’s contest and helped us educate children about the importance of sun safety.
We also extend our sincere congratulations to Alexia, this year’s winner, for her terrific poster design.” As part of her prize, Alexia traveled to Washington, D.C. with her family and her teacher, Mrs. Kimi Daly. She was the guest of honor at a reception to be held by the Shade Foundation on Tuesday, Wednesday, May 24 at 5:30 pm at the National Association of Realtors, 500 New Jersey Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) was among the special guests at the reception. Alexia and her family also toured the U.S. Capitol and met with U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC).