June 11, 2010
Media Release

Sun smart student wins shady prize for school

Annual York Region contest celebrates sun awareness with Grade 1 students
NEWMARKET – In celebration of Sun Awareness Week June 7 to 13, The Regional Municipality of York invites the media to attend the Sun Smart poster contest award presentation on Tuesday, June 15.
A total of 478 Grade 1 students from 36 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: Tuesday, June 15
  1 p.m.
WHERE: Richmond Hill Montessori and Elementary Private School
               189 Weldrick Road East
               Town of Richmond Hill
WHAT:    Award presentation to Sun Smart poster contest winner and tree planting
WHO:      Mayor David Barrow, Town of Richmond Hill
               Staff and students from Richmond Hill Montessori and Elementary Private School
     York Region 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 health-related topic, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933.
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: 905 716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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