Parents’ Group purchases sunscreen dispensers and sunshades to protect students from sun exposure

According to IMPACT Melanoma, Admiral Farragut Academy is the first school in Pinellas County to place sunscreen dispensers across campus and to provide additional education through their ‘Practice Safe Skin’ program for grades Kindergarten through 12th.

“We are very proud that we are acting as role models for our community,” said Parents’ Group President Denise Colangelo, who is also a registered nurse and mother of 6th grader Sophia Bourque. “It is so important to educate and provide a solution to help prevent and protect our students, families, faculty, and staff from harmful UV rays.”

You can find the Sunscreen Dispensers at the following locations across campus:

  • Lower School Playground
  • Tennis and Basketball Court
  • Waterfront
  • Pool
  • Main Entrance to Al Ross Field near the Concession Stand

The BrightGuard Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 is specially formulated to withstand vigorous activities. It provides superior broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection that resists wear off from water, rubbing, sweat, or wiping. It is also water resistant for up to 80 minutes and is proven to not clog pores or cause breakouts. Learn more about practicing safe skin habits to lower the risk of melanoma at

In addition to the five sunscreen stations on campus, the Parents’ Group was also able to purchase large sunshades for the Lower School playground. “We are all really excited about the sunshades,” said 2nd-grader Sereen Shamseddine. “We will be able to play longer because we won’t get so hot!” The Lower School faculty and staff are also very excited because they spend a good chunk of their day outside during recess, extended care, and also over summer if they direct a summer camp.

These sun-protection additions were all made possible by proceeds raised from the 2016 Parents’ Group Poinsettia Sale, individual sponsors (see below), and individuals who raised their paddle during the 2017 Parents’ Group Auction.

We would also like to thank our sunscreen dispenser sponsors. These sponsors contributed to purchasing each dispenser and a one-year supply of sunscreen.

  • Christine Rolfo-Fontana-Yern (two dispensers!)
  • Dr. Alexandria Kongsiri, Visage Dermatology
  • The Salebra Family
  • The Covington Family and The Lewis Family

Every year we will be seeking new sponsors to reload the sunscreen, which is estimated to last a year. Please email if you would like to become a sponsor for an upcoming year.