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Pinwheels of Peace Bring Messages of Tolerance

September 21, 2008

Shoppers at Greenbrier and Chesapeake Square Mall – among others throughout Hampton Roads – will get little messages of peace and unity by Girl Scouts this weekend.

The scouts will be at local malls from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to pass out their Pinwheels for Peace. The program began in 2005 as a way to spread messages of peace.

This is the first year the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast is joining the movement.

Participants may take the pinwheels home as a reminder or offer them to the Girl Scouts for community exhibits. The exhibits will be “planted” outside of government and community centers all over the area.

Besides Greenbrier and Chesapeake Square malls, other participating shopping centers include Patrick Henry Mall, Military Circle Mall, Pembroke Mall, the Macy’s at Lynnhaven Mall, the indoor Williamsburg Outlet Mall, and the Southgate Mall in Elizabeth City.

For more than 96 years, Girl Scout programs have centered around promoting peace within oneself and among others through respect and understanding.

Girl Scouting provides specific programs, like P.A.V.E the Way (Project Anti-Violence Education), to give girls a voice and a safe environment in which to discuss bullying and crime prevention, conflict resolution and anger management with caring mentors and adult role models.

For more information on the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast’s involvement in the Pinwheels for Peace project, contact Elizabeth Farry at (757) 547-4405, ext. 263 or elizabethf@gsccc.org or visit the council Web site at www.gsccc.org.

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