The National Child Labor Committee presents this prestigious national award annually to five professionals and five volunteers for their unheralded and exceptional service to young people. The Hine Award recognizes individuals who have made a full commitment to the well-being, growth and development of our young people.
Mr. Andrews was selected because of the work the Department and Board have accomplished in improving the lives of children and youth in institutions through education. He joins the ranks of former recipients such as Harry Belafonte, Michael Bolton, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.
“I am truly humbled by this honor and filled with gratitude and pride,” said Andrews.
Mr. Andrews has worked for the Department of Education for 30 years. He currently oversees all of the education programs within the state’s correctional, health and human service institutions. Mr. Andrews will travel to New York in April to accept the Lewis Hine Award.
Lewis Hine was a photographer who was hired by the National Child Labor Committee in 1904 to document the exploitation of children in coalmines, clothing factories, textile mills and farm fields. Ultimately, his work spurred the enactment of child labor laws and universal education.