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November 3, 2003

Smithville-- One Smithville woman saw a problem in her community and found a solution. Now she's getting national attention for it.

This is the Smithville Neighborhood Freedom Center. The non-profit center was founded by Carrie Thomas three years ago when she saw kids getting into trouble because they had nowhere to go after school and in the summertime.

Now, she is traveling to Washington D.C. to receive the Petra Foundation award for achievement and courage, "When I started out it wasn't to get an award so when I heard about this it's just sort of trying to (sink in). I couldn't believe this. I'm excited about it that I must be doing something good."

Now more than 50 kids come here after school. The Petra Foundation recognizes unknown people who are making their community a better place.

Posted at 4:30 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com