SUPERSMART: Maddi Pettit gets sunscreen smart with Rhian Paton-Kelly from the Cancer Council, with Teven-Tintenbar public students Airlie Hunter and Isla Gillan.
SUPERSMART: Maddi Pettit gets sunscreen smart with Rhian Paton-Kelly from the Cancer Council, with Teven-Tintenbar public students Airlie Hunter and Isla Gillan. DOUG EATON

Sunsafe bonanza for schools signing up to plan

EVEN though it is now autumn, sun safety is still just as important for students at primary schools across the Northern Rivers.

The Cancer Council NSW is in the final weeks of getting local schools to sign up to its free SunSmart Program, which rewards participating schools with a year's supply of sunscreen.

Teven-Tintenbar Public School has recently signed up to the program.

Principal Ginny Latta said it gave teachers and parents "peace of mind that the kids are being protected from the sun".

"We are working with the SunSmart team to make sure all of our students wear broad-brimmed hats that shade the neck and face," she said. "We have also found the SunSmart curriculum resources to be popular with students who enjoy learning about sun protection in a fun and engaging way."

The Cancer Council says more than 270 people are diagnosed with melanoma on the Far North Coast each year, but less than half of the primary schools in this region are involved with the SunSmart program.

"The SunSmart Program bolsters sun safety beyond the common 'no hat, play in the shade' practise, which is ineffective on its own," a representative from the Cancer Council NSW said.

"The program supports schools to develop a policy covering all areas of sun safety, as well as fun lessons and innovative online curriculum resources."

Far North Coast schools that call the SunSmart team and join the program before April 12 will receive a year's supply of free sunscreen.



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