Some pools in the St. Louis area have found a way to keep swimmers safe, thanks to a local high school student.
Lynly Brennan, 16, raised funds for sunscreen dispensers to be installed at Clayton’s Shaw Park Aquatic Center, The Maplewood Family Aquatic Center, and University City’s Heman Park Pool.
Brennan, a student at Nerinx Hall High School, said the idea to make sunscreen available to the public came after she conducted a research project about tanning beds.
“Really, what’s more valuable than talking about sun and skin cancer?” she asked. “I thought if I got the funding it’d be so easy just to put [dispensers] in pools.”
She discovered that the city of Boston had raised funds to install dispensers at its pools and parks.
So, Brennan went to work.
“I sent 43 letters to local dermatologists, local pool patrons, and local people who I thought would really enjoy this idea,” she said.
The response was …