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Deadline Extended for Essay Submissions to the FSDDS Sun Defense Essay Contest Throughout Florida Elementary Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Based on overwhelming response, the deadlines for submission of essays to the FSDDS Florida Sun Defense Essay Contest have been extended by two weeks. Sponsored by the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (FSDDS), the contest is designed to help educate elementary school age children and parents about the importance of sun safety. Four overall winners statewide will be awarded a large shade structure with professional installation (valued at approximately $8,000) by the FSDDS for the playground at their respective school, one each for the northeast, northwest, central and southern regions of Florida.

"The response to our initial campaign has been overwhelming," said Tamarac dermatologist Dr. Glenn Zellman, current president of the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (FSDDS). Based on the overwhelming response to this first year program, we have decided to extend the deadlines for submission of these essays by two weeks to enable all schools who wish to participate to submit their entries. This will mean that essays should be collected by April 1, 2008 instead of the previous deadline of March 15, 2008. Teachers will then have until April 15, 2008 to choose the winning essay and turn it back into our offices. This means that students could have even more time as long as the elementary school submitted their entry to us by April 15, 2008," stated Zellman.

Cocoa Beach dermatologist Dr. Kristin Smallwood, chair of the FSDDS Public Relations Committee and the Director of the Sun Defense Essay Contest for the FSDDS, explains the need for the extension. "With the contact we have received from elementary schools all across Florida, we knew that we needed to give the teachers more time to submit essays to this first year program. While we have received many essays already, several schools have produced commercials to air in the local schools on the project, we have been bombarded with questions and requests for more time and whole classes of elementary school students are getting involved. We certainly want to support those efforts," Smallwood said.

The FSDDS is working on this initiative in conjunction with the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), who has endorsed the FSDDS contest as a part of their statewide information literacy campaign. Miriam Needham, the current president of FAME and an Ocala-based media specialist, has been surprised at the incredible word-of-mouth support that is being given to the contest. "We are encouraging the general public to get involved by contacting the library media specialist at any of your local elementary schools and encouraging them to please join us in this great project. We have had such a great response so far for such a great cause," stated Needham.

For more information on the essay contest, please visit the FSDDS website at General information on the contest can be reviewed, as well as the ability to download the contest entry form. A printable promotional poster is also available on the website.

The FSDDS ( is the professional association for dermatologists in Florida. FAME ( is the professional organization for media specialists in all public and private schools in Florida.

SOURCE Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
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