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Hopper Primary Students Learn to Beat the Sun
06/07/2018

FOX 26 medical reporter Melissa Wilson (right) finds out what Hopper Primary kindergartners have learned about sun safety from the “Ray and the Sunbeatables®” program from (l to r) Orion Arnold, Grace Richards and Lance Jordan. Looking on are (back, from left) Maria Rosas, Hopper Principal; Payal Pandit, program director, cancer prevention and control, MD Anderson; Elizabeth Caballero, program manager of Be Well communities, cancer prevention and control, MD Anderson; Ruth Rechis Oelker, director of Be Well Communities, cancer prevention and control, MD Anderson; and Priscila Garza, GCCISD healthy community school coordinator.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

FOX 26 medical reporter Melissa Wilson (right) finds out what Hopper Primary kindergartners have learned about sun safety from the “Ray and the Sunbeatables®” program from (l to r) Orion Arnold, Grace Richards and Lance Jordan. Looking on are (back, from left) Maria Rosas, Hopper Principal; Payal Pandit, program director, cancer prevention and control, MD Anderson; Elizabeth Caballero, program manager of Be Well communities, cancer prevention and control, MD Anderson; Ruth Rechis Oelker, director of Be Well Communities, cancer prevention and control, MD Anderson; and Priscila Garza, GCCISD healthy community school coordinator.

 


 


Hopper Primary kindergarten students sing about sun safety, modeling their sunglasses, their hats and the shirts they made as they participate in the “Ray and the Sunbeatables®” program, part of Be Well Baytown, an initiative of MD Anderson sponsored by ExxonMobil.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Hopper Primary kindergarten students sing about sun safety, modeling their sunglasses, their hats and the shirts they made as they participate in the “Ray and the Sunbeatables®” program, part of Be Well Baytown, an initiative of MD Anderson sponsored by ExxonMobil.

 


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Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Rashida Bellard-Frank, Hopper Primary kindergarten teacher; Maria Rosas, Hopper principal and Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent, demonstrate how to make a wide-brimmed hat from newspaper and duct tape for Priscila Garza, GCCISD healthy community school coordinator.

 

Hopper Primary Educates Children on Sun Safety

 

By: Susan Passmore

 

Learning about sun safety is fun for students at B.P. Hopper Primary School, and it’s all thanks to a program through Be Well™ Baytown, an initiative of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center sponsored by ExxonMobil. Hopper staff kicked off the summer with a special program to teach sun safety to kindergartners.

 

Called “Ray and the Sunbeatables®,” the program is an exciting learning experience for everyone. It features superhero characters and fun classroom activities where the kids are really engaged—songs, puppet shows and hands-on demonstrations.

 

"They are really applying what they are learning.  One parent the other day said, ‘My daughter, my kindergarten student, came home teaching my older daughter about sun safety,’ so they are really learning," says Maria Rosas, Hopper principal.

 

Learning about sun-safe clothing, students made wide-brimmed sunhats from newspaper and duct tape as well as superhero capes. Teachers teamed up to put on a sun-safety skit. The activity ended with students participating in a style show and singing a song about sun safety.

 

"As a melanoma survivor, had I known some of these things, I may have been able to prevent skin cancer myself. I was actually a lifeguard and had no concept of sun protection in my era, but I think these kids are learning early and taking precautionary measures," said Randal O'Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent. "The curriculum is valuable and a good example of how our teachers engage with our students with everything they need to know instructionally, but also with their lives, going away from the school building as well.”

 

"We are excited to be part of these changes because we know that they can have such a positive impact over the long-term especially as one more sunburn in childhood doubles a person’s lifetime risk of melanoma,” says Ruth Rechis, the Director of Be Well Communities™ at MD Anderson.

 

Hopper Elementary and Goose Creek CISD will be implementing evidence-based programs over the summer and the next few school years including teaching “Ray and the Sunbeatables®” and other sun safety curricula informing the school community about the risk of sun exposure and reducing exposure to the sun. In addition, Hopper Primary will be receiving two sunshades for the playground area to keep children sun safe while playing outdoors.

 

A presentation of “Ray and the Sunbeatables®” was recently featured on Fox 26 by medical reporter Melissa Wilson. To see that story, visit: http://www.fox26houston.com/health/kindergartners-fight-skin-cancer-the-fun-way

 


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