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The Roots and Shoots Club at Danville High School in Danville, Kentucky reveives Presidential Enviornmental Youth Award

Release Date: 10/28/2003
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, EPA Media Relations, 404-562-8421
Presidential Environmental Youth Awards National Ceremony

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the Roots and Shoots Club at Danville High School in Danville, Kentucky is one of ten recipients of the 2002 President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA), during a ceremony at EPA in Washington, D.C. The project was honored for making a positive contribution to environmental education.

An environmental club in the school called "Roots and Shoots" to help youth understand the responsibility of protecting and preserving the environment. The club was organized to teach about the effect that humans have on the environment and to promote conservation, to spread the word of peace and of cultural awareness, to raise and donate money for programs that benefit the environment, and to protect the animal community. The Danville High School "Roots and Shoots" club started a recycling program, made school-wide announcements which focused on recounting the history of Earth Day and encouraged students and teachers to celebrate by utilization of their new program. The club further partnered with students and faculty at Centre College to begin their environmental projects. Because Earth Day had not been celebrated at this school, the club highlighted their Earth Day Revival events by hosting students from the Environmental Street Theatre. Together, the students brought education, information and commemoration of this special day to their area of the state.

Presidential Environmental Youth Awards have been presented by the White House and EPA since 1971. Up to 10 winning projects are selected each year from EPA's 10 regions. Young people from around the country and U.S. territories are invited annually to participate in the PEYA program, which is aimed at encouraging individuals, school classes, summer camps, youth organizations and public interest groups to promote environmental awareness and positive community involvement.

For more information see: and look under "Recognition Programs."