National award recognizes Tom Vitaglione’s life’s work

Congratulations to Tom Vitaglione, a long-time member of St. Mark’s! Tom has been honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the national winner this year of the Child Advocacy Award. This an honor that is richly deserved.

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Tom has long been an advocate for children, in his time with the Peace Corps in Malawi, in his career at the N.C. Division of Maternal and Child Health and now at NC Child.

During his time with the state, Tom helped develop the Child Health Insurance Program and helped implement the graduated license program for teens and the federal requirements for educating children with special needs. Tom also worked toward ending corporal punishment in N.C. public schools. Tom helped found and served on the NC Child Fatality Task Force.

After his retirement from the state in 2000, he began working with NC Child. Tom also volunteers as a reading tutor and, along with his wife, Eve, volunteers at the Natural Science Museum.

Read more about Tom Vitaglione at: www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article98326177.html