You are here: Home News Sombra del Monte Elementary Covered by Grant for Playground Shade Structure
Posted April 17, 2012

Note: This news item is more than a year old. Browse for more current news.

Sombra del Monte Elementary Covered by Grant for Playground Shade Structure

School received $8,000 grant from American Association of Dermatology for the project

A shade structure shields playground equipment at Sombra del Monte Elementary.

Sombra del Monte Elementary has found protection from the sun through a grant from the American Association of Dermatology. 

The AAD awarded the school $8,000 to build a shade structure over the equipment on its main playground. The cover was installed in October and is part of the school’s effort to remind students and families of the dangers of overexposure to the sun. 

Joy Matthews, school nurse at Sombra del Monte, said the school participates in the Project Choice program through Presbyterian Health Care, which helps educate students and their families about using sunscreen, as well as other safety measures. That was one of the factors that helped her write a successful grant application. The support of local dermatologist Dr. Michael Thompson also helped. 

Sombra del Monte was one of only 10 institutions to receive the grant, out of more than 1,000 applications from across the country. The process was open to organizations that serve children, including schools, churches and daycare facilities. Getting the shade structure is an important step toward protecting students, Matthews said. 

“We wanted to show kids that we believe in sun safety, that we want to protect them,” Matthews said. 

The school will hold a dedication event and picnic at 6 p.m., Friday, April 20, on the playground.

Document Actions
Filed under:
More National Merit Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the recent graduates who received scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Invests in Innovative APS STEM Programs
Story Time in the Park
Monday through Thursday, June 11-July 19, at 25 summer lunch meal sites in the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Lunch is served at all sites from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
APS is Hiring!
We have hundreds of openings for lots of different jobs. Apply online.
Budget Includes Money for Raises for First Time in Years
Teachers are expected to see an increase of at least 2.5 percent; other APS employees are expected to get a 2 percent raise.