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Hockessin Organization Earns Top Honors for Protecting Children’s Health

Release Date: 4/14/2005
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543

Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected the
Anti-Tobacco Action Club of Hockessin, Del., as one of 15 organizations nationwide to receive EPA’s first-ever Children’s Environmental Health Excellence award. The award recognizes success in protecting children from environmental health risks.

“The Anti-Tobacco Action Club of Hockessin is among the initiatives leading the way in protecting youth from environmental hazards,” said Donald S. Welsh, regional administrator EPA’s mid-Atlantic region. “This project displays the commitment and dedication needed to protect the health of our children.”

Under the direction of its founder and president, Meghan Pascicha, the youth-led community health education project strives to raise awareness about the hazards of tobacco use and second hand smoke, encouraging young people to make informed choices about their health.

Designed to increase awareness in protecting children from environmental health risks, the Children’s Environmental Health Excellence awards, recognize individuals and groups who have demonstrated leadership and have a track record in children’s environmental health. The recipients will be formally honored in Washington, D.C. on April 21.