June 4, 2009
Media Release

Sun smart student wins a shady prize for school

In celebration of Sun Awareness Week, June 8 th to 14 th
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York invites the media to attend the Sun Smart poster contest award presentation on Monday, June 8th during Sun Awareness Week June 8th to 14th.  A total of 429 Grade 1 students from 28 York Region elementary schools submitted their posters to the York Region SunSense Coalition contest in March.
The winner of the Sun Smart poster contest will be awarded a tree for planting on their school grounds. This tree will create cooling shade for the students during outdoor activities.  Using shade is an important strategy in reducing ultraviolet (UV) exposure from the sun.
WHEN:   Monday, June 8th
1 p.m.
WHERE:   St. Justin Martyr Catholic Elementary School
140 Hollingham Road,
Town of Markham
WHAT:   Award presentation of a tree to Sun Smart poster contest winner
WHO: Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Town of Markham
Staff and students from St. Justin Martyr Catholic Elementary School
 SunSense Coalition members
• The annual Sun Smart poster contest educates students about sun safety and promotes sun safe behaviour. 
• The York Region SunSense Coalition consists of staff from The Regional Municipality of York Community and Health Services and Transportation Services Departments, the Canadian Cancer Society and the community.
• Sun Awareness Week is an annual celebration organized by the Canadian Dermatology Association encouraging Canadians to practice sun safety for the prevention of skin cancer. 
• For additional SunSense guidelines, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society website at www.cancer.ca
For more information on this or any other public health related program, please contact York Region
Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905 251-5553
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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