Stay cool: stay in the shade
May 8, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
NEW — 4:20 p.m. May 8, 2009
When Angie Cluff, a 13-year-old sixth-grader at Pine Lake Middle School, drew a sun-safe poster over spring break, she never thought it would draw so much attention.
“I was surprised,” she said, about winning the SHADE Foundation’s state competition. “We just did it for fun.”
Angie won a new digital camera for having the best sun safety poster in Washington. Now, she has a chance to win a vacation for her family to Disney World, if her poster is selected as the national winner.
Angie and her two sisters, Emily, 8, and Sarah, 10, participated in the contest during their spring break as a project their mother, Barbara Cluff, had found to keep them busy. She saw the contest advertised in The Issaquah Press.
“We enter contests as a family all the time,” Barbara Cluff said. “It’s just something fun we do together.”
But it was an educational opportunity, as well, since the girls learned about what a UV index was, she added. A UV index measures the amount of harmful ultra violet rays the sun puts out. It was also a good opportunity to revisit why their mom “globs” sunscreen on them, the girls said.
“It helps prevent skin cancer,” Sarah said.
The foundation asked children to develop sun-safety message posters and portray at least five of 25 possible sun safe activities or prevention methods.
Sarah drew a poster with monkeys using sunscreen and wearing sunglasses. Emily’s poster focused on how the sun can fry your skin.
Angie’s winning poster theme is “Don’t be caught dead in the sun” and was created using pastels and portrays a crime scene on a beach where a former beachgoer was laying on his or her towel in the sun. Next to the crime scene is a cool beach crab with a hat on and an umbrella in hand sitting next to a bottle of SPF 15 sunscreen. Behind him is a beach store with lots of items to help people keep safe in the sun.
“I just thought of it and drew it,” Angie said. “A long time ago, I ran across this picture of a crime scene online and I thought it would be cool to put in there, since too much sun can lead to skin cancer.”
As the state winner, Angie won the camera, which the family is really hoping to use on a trip to Disney World. For that, they’re asking the community to visit the foundation’s Web site and vote for Angie’s poster, No. 34. All votes need to be submitted by May 10.
“It would be so cool,” Sarah said.
Sun safety tips
Don’t get a sunburn, apply sunscreen
Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or more
Wear longer clothing
Wear a hat
Limit time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the hottest part of the day
Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps
Source: SHADE Foundation