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Children’s Week Award Winners

Colorful tracings of thousands of little hands once again adorn the Florida Capitol Rotunda, signifying Children’s Week during the legislative session. The occasion also means honors for outstanding children’s advocates and activists. The winner of this year’s “Chiles Advocacy Award” is Doug Sessions, Jr., president and CEO of the Ounce of Prevention Fund Florida, while the Youth Advocate of the Year, Lauren Page – a Miami high school sophomore – founded the “Page by Page Book Drive Program.” It’s now handed out nearly half-a-million books to kids in the United States and beyond. They are joined by Dr. Phyllis Kalifeh, president and CEO of the Children’s Forum.