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                 U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT:William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 03-OPA089

EPA: Larson Middle School Wins Shining Star Award

CHICAGO (June 20, 2003) --  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has
presented Larson Middle School, Troy, Mich., its Shining Star Award for
implementing EPA's SunWise school program that teaches children and their
caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.

EPA said Larson was one of 10 kindergarten through 8th grade schools in
the country to win the award by  reaching a large number of students,
reporting ultraviolet radiation data to EPA's Web site, sponsoring poster
contests or developing curriculum.

When schools join the SunWise program, they receive a free SunWise tool
kit.  Items in the kit include classroom activities, a teachers' resource
list and a UV-sensitive frisbee.

Schools are encouraged to conduct activities that teach children about the
science behind UV radiation and stratospheric ozone, the health risks from
UV radiation, and simple steps to avoid overexposure to the sun.

SunWise focuses on the whole spectrum of health effects, including skin
cancer, eye damage and other illnesses.  By taking part in the program,
children can enhance their critical thinking, data collection, reading,
problem solving, decision-making and communication skills.  Activities
include math, science and other school subjects.

Any elementary or middle school in the United States may participate in
the environmental and health education program.  Classrooms, multiple
classrooms, schools or entire school districts may join.  For more
information: www.epa.gov/sunwise.

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