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Jimmy Carter Wins Peace Prize

Each year, an award is given to a person or group of people who work for peace. The award is called the Nobel (noh BEHL) Peace Prize. The first peace prize was given more than 100 years ago. In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter won the award for all his work in bringing peace to people around the world.

Carter was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. While he was President, he helped Israel and Egypt make an agreement to end fighting between the two countries. In 1982, he and his wife Rosalynn founded the Carter Center, which works for peace and helps people in other ways.

Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize get a medal and $1 million. “The money will almost all go to the Carter Center,” Carter said when he got the prize.

Carter is the third U.S. President to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The other two were Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and Woodrow Wilson in 1919.