Sun protection is something that many parents take pretty seriously, and with good reason too. With skin cancer rates on the rise, we have to be careful of the harmful rays on our children’s delicate skin. As a Mom to a new kindergartener myself, I have realized that my hands are tied when it comes to certain things, like making sure my son gets sunscreen before spending a long amount of time out in the sun, while at school. Applying sunscreen before he hops on the bus is a great idea, but with recess not scheduled until hours later, the effectiveness isn’t as strong as it could be, when applying it 10-15 minutes before heading out those school doors and onto the playground. Imagine when Field Day comes around, with hours spent outdoors; that will be a time I will truly worry.
Supergoop! founder Holly Thaggard came up with a solution that I couldn’t be happier about, Project Backpack. Her daughter came home from school with a note in first grade, saying that any sunscreen found in backpacks would be discarded. Sunscreens are regulated
by the FDA as over-the-counter drugs, therefore they are prohibited from schools in America. The only state that currently allows suncreen usage in schools is California, and Holly has been advocating to include more states and schools with her innovative advocacy.
What I love is that you can nominate a school to receive backpack-sized sunscreen for all students at no cost courtesy of Supergoop!. The partnered school will agree to host a forum on sunscreen usage and sun protection and the teachers and faculty will encourage use of sun protection before recess or time spent outdoors. Supergoop! believes that children that learn about sun protection at an early age are more likely to form healthy skin habits for life (and I couldn’t agree more!).
I just nominated my son’s school and applied to be a Supergoop! Project Backpack Ambassador this morning. I can’t wait to get word on when I can start becoming actively involved in helping educate and aid in the protection of my son’s classmates at school.
Visit the Supergoop! Facebook page for more information on sun protection and Project Backpack.