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Shade Structure Grant

Lilburn Elementary Receives Shade Structure Grant

Lilburn Elementary has been awarded a Shade Structure Grant from the American Academy of Dermatology. The grant will provide funding for the purchase and installation of a permanent shade structure in the playground area.

Thanks to the STEM teachers, classroom teachers, and guidance counselors in our school, students have been learning about the impact that the sun's harmful rays can have on our skin. Students have worked on projects in school that include making a sun hat to see which type of material would be most effective in providing protection from the sun, and creating a shade structure to measure how strong the sun is during the daytime.  

Since its launch in 2000, the AAD’s Shade Structure Grant Program has awarded funding for 368 shade structures across the country, providing shade for more than 880,000 individuals each day. Lilburn dermatologist and former Gwinnett County board member,  Dr. Robert McClure,  a member of the AAD, sponsored Lilburn Elementary's grant application.

Unprotected exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can increase your risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Seeking shade is an easy way to protect yourself from the sun and help prevent skin cancer.

In addition to seeking shade, the AAD encourages everyone to protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses, and using a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. For more information on skin cancer prevention, visit the AAD website SpotSkinCancer.org.