Clare Persson named 2013 recipient of Annette Schmitt Unsung Hero Award

LACONIA — Clare Persson was presented with the 13th annual Annette P. Schmitt Unsung Hero Award at a meeting of Better Together Lakes Region at Laconia Middle School Thursday afternoon.
Persson was praised for her work as chair of the Middle School PTO, the Stand Up For A Drug Free Laconia initiative as well as with the Laconia Human Relations Committee, the School Improvement and Health and Wellness Committee and for her work in helping establishing a mentoring program in the Laconia school system.
''She is an individual who deeply cares about our community and stays with initiatives through their completion. She willingly gives her time, effort, organizational skills and passion to ensure that young people have access and opportunity to bright futures,'' said Bud Martin, former Laconia District Court Juvenile Division judge.
A $1,000 donation from the Annette P. Schmitt Foundation will be made to a charity of Persson's choice.
Persson accepted the award on behalf of all those she has worked with in community initiatives and said that the credit for the award goes to them.
The award is presented annually by the Annette P. Schmitt Trust and the Granite United Way and honors someone who has worked behind the scenes on behalf of children and families in the Lakes Region.
The award is given in memory of Schmitt, a woman from the Hanover and Lebanon area who at her death awarded a large portion of her estate to improving the lives of children and families in the Lakes Region.

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Clare Persson of Laconia, chair of Stand Up For A Drug Free Laconia, is presented with the Annette P. Schmitt Unsung Hero Award by Bud Martin at a meeting of Better Together Lakes Region at Laconia Middle School. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)