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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation (“National Fuel”), the Buffalo Sabres and the National Energy Education Development Project (“NEED”) are pleased to name Cattaraugus-Little Valley Middle School the School of the Year in New York State for its winning project promoting energy efficiency in the Energy Detectives Classroom Contest, part of National Fuel’s Energy Detectives Program.

National Fuel congratulated the participating eighth grade students, or Energy Detectives, at Cattaraugus-Little Valley with an in-school event on June 14.  At the event, all of the students involved with the project received awards from National Fuel and the Buffalo Sabres. 
In addition, National Fuel sponsored 16 students to represent New York State at the NEED National Recognition
Ceremonies in Washington, D.C., June 25 to June 28.  During the ceremonies, Cattaraugus-Little Valley was recognized for its first-place project.  In addition, the school was named “Junior Level Rookie of the Year,” a national honor recognizing the work of a school that excelled above a state level.

National Fuel’s Energy Detectives Program, started in 2008, offers Western New York schools an education program for 5th through 12th grade teachers to help students become Energy Detectives by learning about energy efficiency, conservation and energy sources.  The program includes hands-on classroom materials and take-home kits for participating students and their families.  As part of the program, formal lesson plans integrate educational activities and community outreach projects.

Next year’s Energy Detectives contest is currently being developed and will begin at the start of the 2010-11 school year.  For additional information, please contact NEED at 1-866-720-2123 or by e-mail at

The Buffalo Sabres would like to thank everyone who participated in the program this year and ask you to continue to show your support for National Fuel and the Buffalo Sabres Green Team, through the Blue & Gold Make Green Initiative.
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