Teaching Sun Safety and Dreaming about the Future

book cover: Max & Mila at the Beach

Max & Mila at the Beach

Last week I taught a lesson about sun safety and sunscreen application for my Mom’s second and third grade students . It was fun for this former teacher to get back into the classroom and talk about something I am so passionate about. Since that lesson went so well, and I recently purchased a children’s book about Melanoma and sun safety written by a fellow Melanoma warrior, I offered to teach a similar lesson in my children’s first and second grade classes. Today I taught in Joey’s second grade class. Joey loved being the model for me to demonstrate sunscreen application. I think the kids learned a lot about sun safety and proper sunscreen application. I didn’t focus on the best type of sunscreen to wear, because most second graders don’t have a lot of influence in their parents purchasing decisions, but instead I showed them tips for best applying stick, lotion, and spray sunscreens. We also talked about how important it is to reapply sunscreen and wear hats and sunglasses. I also discussed how to politely share what they learned with their parents. I sure hope that part got through!

I am dreaming about how to expand teaching sun safety to more elementary age students. I want to make hats available for students to wear on the playground. I’ve been doing lots of thinking about the best way to make this happen. Ideally we would raise money for hats and educational materials. Do we form a foundation? Do we create a non-profit? Is a non-profit the same as a foundation? Do I try to work with an existing organization such as the Skin Cancer Institute? It sure is fun to dream about the possibilities!

4 Comments

  1. When I was in elementary school, there was a team from the u of a that came to teach us about sunscreen and hats…. You may look up Ulinks at u of a- it’s a database of all the grant funded resources and projects. In a similar vein, You may find some people who are willing to write your idea into a grant!
    I know some great mamas who are former teachers that may be interested in helping you organize or teach :).
    Kristine is a great knower of things too- her experience at so az community foundation may offer insight to the foundation world 🙂

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  2. My son Brendan is in your mama’s 2nd grade and he came home last week so excited to teach me about sunscreen and how I’ve been using the spray the wrong way. It was great to see him so excited. I have always hated the spray on because I couldnt control where it went. He had some great tips he learned from you. Also we have switched to Blue Lizard and he loves getting his “Lizard on” each morning. Thank you so much. He asked me when he could wear his black shirt again for you. I told him he could wear it anytime!

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