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A 10-year-old Depew girl led a recycling charge at her Depew elementary school and was recognized for her efforts Friday by national retailer Kohl’s.

Brooke Dehn, who will be entering the fifth grade at Cayuga Heights Elementary, used her passion for recycling to initiate a used marker drive at her school.

“A few months ago, my mom and I were talking, and we wanted to find a way to help the environment because we wanted to give back to it,” Brooke told The Buffalo News on Friday.

So Brooke used the “Crayola ColorCycle” marker recycling program and placed collection bins at the school to collect dried-up markers. “We took old, dried-up markers of any brand, including dry erase markers, and had a collection bin in the front foyer,” Brooke said.

In all, the school collected about 25 pounds of spent markers. Those markers were then sent to a facility that converts the markers into clean liquid fuel. The fuel is then used for a variety of things, from powering vehicles to heating homes.

Kohl’s chose Brooke from among 37,000 nominees who entered its “Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program,” and she is one of nearly 200 regional winners to receive a $1,000 scholarship toward higher education, the department store announced.

“We commend these bright volunteers for being inspiring examples for others as they have made a difference in their own communities and touched the lives of others through their efforts,” said Bevin Bailis, a senior vice president at Kohl’s.

Brooke is entered in a national competition for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.

email: tpignataro@buffnews.com