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NY girl’s Google doodle helps bring clean water to Bangladesh

Posted at 6:59 AM, Jun 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-09 07:00:05-04

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A simple Google search could be enough to evoke some serious New York pride Monday.

An animated version of a doodle created by an 11-year-old Long Island girl is featured on the search engine’s homepage.

Audrey Zhang won the national 2014 Doodle 4 Google contest, meaning her creation will greet millions of Google users starting at midnight Sunday and will remain there through Monday.

The fifth grader told Newsday she was excited to see her work brought to life.

She attended an awards ceremony in Mountain View, Calif., last month.

Titled “Back to Mother Nature,” Zhang’s drawing features a mythical, winged water purification machine.

Doodle 4 Google program manager Liat Ben Rafael says a doodle team of animators prepared it for its homepage debut.

In Audrey’s name, Google is donating $20,000 to a charity that brings clean water and latrines to schools in Bangladesh.