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Making the Outdoors Safer for Communities: the American Academy of Dermatology Announces 2008 AAD Shade Structure Program Grant Recipients

Applications Available Today for 2009 AAD Shade Structure Program

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the ways to protect yourself from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun is to seek shade, especially during the peak sun hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, for many daycare centers, schools and recreational organizations, these hours are prime times for outdoor educational programs and recess. To assist schools and organizations in creating sun-safe educational and play areas, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) provides grants for shade structures.

Today the Academy announced the recipients of the 2008 AAD Shade Structure Program grants.

"The Academy is pleased to award grants to these organizations which have outdoor areas in need of shade and that have demonstrated a commitment to sun safety," said dermatologist C. William Hanke, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. "Combined, these 37 shade structures will be used by more than 23,427 individuals every day. The Academy is proud to work with these organizations to reinforce the importance of protecting the skin when outdoors."

The recipients of the 2008 AAD Shade Structure Program grants are:

* Acres Green Elementary, Littleton, Colo.

* Bowman Elementary School, Lexington, Mass.

* Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson/Kids After School, Inc., Hutchinson,


* Byng Junior High School, Ada, Okla.

* Cecile B. Essrig Elementary School, Tampa, Fla.

* Champaign County Head Start, Urbana, Ill.

* Christ the King Catholic School, Norfolk, Va.

* City of Rexburg, Rexburg, Idaho

* Gainesville Parks and Recreation, Gainesville, Ga.

* Grand Mesa Middle School, Grand Junction, Colo.

* Handi Kids, Assonet, Mass.

* Huffaker Elementary School, Reno, Nev.

* Junior League of Macon, Macon, Ga.

* La Purisima Catholic School, Orange, Calif.

* Laura B. Spra

SOURCE American Academy of Dermatology
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