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Jordyn Schara of North Freedom, the teenage founder of Foundation for HOPE (Helping Our Peers Excel), Project READ (Reading Equipment for America's Defenders), C4C (Comics for Change), and WI P2D2 (Wisconsin Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal), recently was presented with a national award in New York City.

Schara received the National Child Labor Committee 2011 Lewis Hine Award on Jan. 31 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

The NCLC presented the 25th annual Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth to professionals and volunteers who devote extraordinary amounts of time and energy helping protect the rights and well-being of children and youth, according to the group.

She was one of 10 people honored.

The award is named for the acclaimed photographer who documented early 20th century exploitation of child labor. Winners are selected by a panel of distinguished judges from nominations submitted by elected officials and community leaders.

In the 1980s, to honor Hine's work, the NCLC created an award in his name. Over the past two decades, more than 200 people have received the Lewis Hine Awards.

Each award honoree receives $1,000 and a trip to the awards ceremony in New York City accompanied by a guest.

For more information on the Lewis Hine Awards, visit