To promote sun-safe behavior at an early age, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the
Sun Wise School Program, a free national environmental
and health education program for young children. Through
the use of classroom, school, and community components,
Sun Wise promotes sun safety by teaching children and
their caregivers how to protect themselves from
overexposure to UV radiation.

The program is designed for kindergarten through
eighth-grade learning levels. Any K-8 school can

By joining EPA's SunWise School Program, participants
will have access to useful tools to help teach sun-safe
behaviors in the classroom, such as:

   The SunWise Tool Kit - providing a range of
   cross-curricular lessons, activities, and background
   information for K-8 children.
   The SunWise Internet Learning  Site
   (www.epa.gov/sunwise) - an interactive medium with
   web-based educational activities and resources.
   Additional materials, puzzles, posters and activities, such
   as the "Mission SunWise" storybook and activity book.

Register today to receive your free SunWise Tool Kit by
visiting www.epa.gov/sunwise. Look for the "Join" icon in
the "Educators" section.

  vVelcome to the SunWise Club," said Amy.

"Everybody, meet Carlos and Lisa.  They're new to the neighborhood.
They want to join our club." said Kelly.

"They heard the SunWise Club has fun being sun safe," said Erin.

"We do have fun! We have secret missions and adventures. When we
finish a mission we get awesome rewards," said Brian.

"What's our secret mission for today?" asked Sam.

"Today our mission is to help Carlos and Lisa become SunWise.
When  they're SunWise, we'll get our prize!" said Amy.

 Why should I be SunWise?" asked Lisa.

"The sun is a star," said Erin. "It does many good things that help
plants and animals on Earth."

"The sun gives light so we can see, it keeps us warm, and it helps
plants grow."

"Even though we need the sun, sometimes too much sunlight can be
bad for people."

"We must protect ourselves from special rays  of the sun called
ULTRAVIOLET  RAYS. Ultraviolet rays are also called UV RAYS."

"That's right!" said Amy, "You can't see or feel UV rays, but they
are there, even on cloudy days.  UV rays can hurt your skin and
eyes.  It doesn't matter if your skin is light or dark, UV rays can
cause you harm."

 "The sky has a built-in shield called the OZONE LAYER.
The ozone layer keeps most of the UV rays from reaching the
earth.  It is like an umbrella that blocks the rain. The ozone
layer does not stop ALL
the UV rays from reaching
you. That's why it is
important that we protect
ourselves and be

"UV rays are strongest
in the middle of the
day.  It's a good idea to
stay out of the sun
during that time if you
if you're not

            ^," Carlos said, "Now I know WHY I need sun protection. But
        what can I do to be SunWise? How can I protect myself from UV

        "It's easy!" said Kelly.  You just need to remember to SLIP! SLOP!
        SLAP! and WRAP!, CHECK the UV Index! and PLAY  in the
 SLIP on a shirt. Wear
a long-sleeve shirt and
pants to cover as much
skin on your body as you
can," said Sam.
 SLOP on a sunscreen
of at least SPF 15.
Spread it on your face,
arms, legs, and any other
skin that the suns UV rays
can reach," said Brian.
Remember to reapply.
"SLAP on the right
kind of hat.  A good hat
will keep UV rays from
reaching your face, ears
and back of your neck,"
said Brian.


 WRAP on some
sunglasses. Sunglasses
protect your eyes," said
Index. We'll show you
how! The UV Index will
tell you how strong the
UV rays are," said Sam.
"And PLAY in the
SHADE. If you're in
the shade, you're protected
from some of the UV
rays," said Erin.
         "For each SunWise Step you take, you earn a badge. If you earn
         enough badges, you can join our club," said Kelly.  "We'll help you!"

         UV Index
         Index Number
 jDefore we go
outside, it's important
to check the UV Index,"
said Brian.

"What's the UV Index?" asked Lisa.

"The UV Index is a prediction of how
strong the UV rays will be. Just like we
can check to see if it is going to rain or
snow, we can check the forecast for UV
rays. The UV Index is reported on a scale
of 0-10+. The  higher the number, the
stronger the UV rays  reaching Earth," said
Amy, "and the more sun protection we need."

"You can find the UV Index in many
places.  It's in the weather section of the
newspaper and on TV and radio weather
reports. You can also find it on the
SunWise website at www.epa.gov/sunwise."

"You can earn a SunWise badge by CHECKING THE UV INDEX
every day," Brian added.
Exposure Level
                           Very High
           The higher the UV
           Index, the more
           important it is
           to be  SunWise.

 Jtlow's this?" Carlos asked. "Is this SunWise?"

"That's OK," said Amy, "but THIS ONE is better."

Remember, cover as much skin as possible to be
SunWise. What other clothes are the most SunWise?

  JL ime to SLOP on some sunscreen," said Kelly.
"Here's some! This is what my mom uses. What does this number
"15" mean?" asked Lisa.

"The numbers tell you how much protection that sunscreen will give
you. You should always use number 15 or higher. SLOPPING on
sunscreen will help protect your skin from UV rays," said Sam.
"Remember to SLOP on a lot and reapply it often."

  JL ime to SLAP on a hat and WRAP on some sunglasses. Which
hat should I wear?" asked Carlos.

"Pick one that blocks the most sun from your head, face and neck,"
said Kelly.

Which hat do YOU think is the most SunWise?

 When you are outside, try to PLAY IN THE  SHADE," said Sam.

"You know one way to tell when the sun's rays are strong?" Kelly asked.
"It's when your shadow is shorter than your body."

"Can you find  the shady places in this picture?" asked Erin. "You
can earn a badge by finding all the shady places to play."

     , Lisa and Carlos, how SunWise are you? How many badges
 have you earned?" asked Brian.

 "We each earned SIX badges!" said Lisa.

        "We SLIPPED on long shirts and pants,

        We SLOPPED on sunscreen,

        We SLAPPED on good hats,

        We WRAPPED on some sunglasses,

        We CHECKED  the UV INDEX, and

        We PLAYED  in the SHADE."

"We're sun safe and SunWise now," said Carlos.

"AND we completed our Secret Mission!" said Amy. "I wonder what
our prize is?"

    trip to the
amusement park! That's our
prize!" said Amy.

"Welcome to the SunWise Club, Lisa and Carlos!" said Erin.

"Thanks!" said Lisa and Carlos, together.

"Everyone  can join the SunWise Club. You just have to learn to be
SunWise," said Brian.

"Remember: Slip!  Slop! Slap! Wrap!, Check the UV Index
and Play in the  Shade!" said Sam.

The SunWise School Program would like to thank the American Cancer Society for their ongoing support
                and for allowing us to use their "SLIP! SLOP! SLAP! WRAP!" slogan.
                    SLIP! SLOP! SLAP! WRAP! is a trademark of the American Cancer Society, Inc.

                   United States
                   Environmental Protection
                                  Air and Radiation
EPA 430-K-00001
April 2001
             .e   sun
                         a star that helps plants and
	I It gives us light so we can see, it
 keeps us warm, and it helps plants grow. We need the
 sun, but too much sunlight can be bad for people.
          This book introduces young children
          to basic concepts about the sun and
          sun safety. Students will enjoy
          following members of the SunWise
          Club as they show their friends basic
          steps they should take to practice
          SunWise behavior.
                                  Mission SunWise! and the accompany-
                                  ing Coloring and Activity Book are
                                  part of the Environmental Protection
                                  Agency's free SunWise School
                                  Program. For more information on
                                  SunWise, visit our website at