Governor Baldacci Presents Award to 6-Year-Old Volunteer Organizer
March 16th, 2007
“Volunteering is a quality instilled in us at a very young age – as proven here today by Madeline,” Governor Baldacci said. “She took matters upon herself and rallied others to help her with a cause that she is very passionate about, and a cause that is important to all of us.”
Madeline’s work began last September when she rallied volunteers to stencil paint covers on 120 storm drains in Livermore Falls. The point of the covers is to inform residents that what goes down the drain can pollute their lakes, rivers and streams. Madeline and her volunteers painted and posted signs in her town that explained the project and had the slogan, “Clean Water Starts with You.”
Madeline learned about the program through the television advertisement campaign featuring rubber ducks being washed down a storm drain. The ad was produced by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. DEP Commissioner David Littell was also at the award ceremony, held in the Hall of Flags in the State House, to present Madeline with one of the original rubber duckies used in the television commercial as well as a Commissioner’s Award honoring her work.