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SALT LAKE CITY -- A sixth-grader received a prestigious award Wednesday morning for helping form a PEACE team at her school; PEACE stands for Protecting Everyone and our Cool Earth.
Maddie Reichman and her classmates made blankets reminding drivers to turn off their cars. She said, "By not idling, we save money, we help our health, and we also save our environment."
Johnson Controls and the National Energy Foundation recognized Maddie for her efforts. She is the national middle school winner of the Ignition Creative Energy (ICE) Challenge. It's a program that encourages students to develop ingenious ways to save energy today and protect the environment.
She received a free trip to Washington, D.C., where she'll have the chance to share her energy conservation ideas with government leaders.