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Hancock Day School launches sun safety program

(Source: Hancock Day School) (Source: Hancock Day School)

Hancock Day School is the first school in Savannah to implement a Sun Safety Program. 

Sun Safety for Kids is dedicated to reducing skin cancer through teaching and promoting sun protection to children. Melanoma is the most common cancer ages 25 to 29 and the second most common cancer for ages 15 to 29, according to the school. 

As part of the program, Dr. Toni McCullough, Dr. Sidney Smith and Dr. Claudia Gaugh, each Hancock student has been given an approved SPF hat/visor to be worn during outside activities.  A bottle of SPF 30 Sunscreen has been provided for each classroom. Dr. Julia Anna Routhier has provided a SPF lip balm for all students.

On Sept. 16, McCullough will talk to Hancock students to educate them about the harmful effects of UV rays and practices for preventing sun damage and skin cancer. 

McCullough will also speak at Parent Orientation Night to inform parents about the strategies for preventing sun damage and skin cancer. Parents and teachers are encouraged to take steps to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun and to model sun-safe behavior for students.

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