The 2011 Coolibar School Sun Hat Contest had over 750 entries from students, teachers, PTA members, and nonprofit organizations from across the US. We even had a few entries from Australia! Thanks to the efforts of the five lucky winners, entire classrooms of students will be able to safely enjoy the summer sun, and stay well protected beneath their new Coolibar Sun Hats!
And the winners are …
Nicholas from Notre Dame Academy – Los Angeles, CA
Every student from Notre Dame Academy’s fourth grade class entered the Coolibar Sun Hat Contest, but Nicholas was the lucky winner. The students were able to put the hats to good use during the many end of year activities at Notre Dame Academy. A walking field trip, an end of year picnic, and an annual school camping trip gave the kids plenty of chances to practice sun safety while wearing their new Sun Hats.
Anna from Goddard School – PA
Every year Anna’s family goes on vacation to St. Thomas, and they always stock up on sun protective clothing because the whole family is fair skinned, especially young Anna. They got the entry form for the School Hat Contest with an order from Coolibar and decided to enter. Anna’s whole class is very glad she entered the contest because during the summer, they spend a lot of time exercising and enjoying snacks outside. Goddard’ s Parent Teacher Organization has been trying to obtain large sun shades for the playground for the past few years; however, the cost of these sun shades are beyond their budget. In the meantime, the school is planning on using portable gazebos to give the children a place to cool off while they are playing, or even to gather while they have story time. And now, thanks to Anna, they’ll get the benefit of great sun protection from their new Coolibar Sun Hats!
Gayle from the Baldwin School – Bryn Mawr, PA
Gayle is a 4th grade science teacher at the Baldwin school, a college prep school for girls. She entered the Coolibar Sun Hat Contest because she believes that living a sun safe lifestyle starts at a young age. She hasn’t always believed that, though. “I grew up in an era where we used sunTAN lotion, not sunscreen lotion, with the resulting negative effects on my skin. Who knew? So [now] I wear sun protection clothing all the time,” says Gayle. The students appreciate the protection from the hats, but they especially love that the Sun Hats match their school uniforms perfectly!
Kinsey from Cesar Chavez Elementary – Davis, CA
Cesar Chavez Elementary is a Spanish Immersion school for grades K-6, and is one of the largest elementary schools in Davis. The kids had a “play day” at the end of the school year where they spent about 4 hours outside. With their new Coolibar Sun Hats, now they’ll be getting superior sun protection while enjoying the sun!
Emily from New Albany Elementary – New Albany, OH
Emily was very excited to win sun hats for her class, because she already wears Coolibar products on family trips to Florida and family cruises. She was so happy to share the quality sun protection that our Sun Hats offer with her classmates and teacher, especially after she saw how much they all loved the hats. New Albany Elementary is part of New Albany-Plain Local Schools, which is a community of schools housed on an 80 acre college-style campus. The kids were looking forward to wearing their new hats during a walking field trip on their beautiful campus, ending with an ice cream treat. Unfortunately, the weather had different plans, and with the rainstorm they got that day, they probably could have used a few Coolibar Titanium Travel Umbrellas! Though the weather in Ohio hasn’t been very sunny lately, the kids are all looking forward to wearing their new Coolibar Sun Hats on the hot, sunny summer days ahead.
Look for our 2012 contest form next year. In the meantime, learn more about the Coolibar School Sun Hat Program.