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October 1, 2013

Local student's art to be used for Geiger Center walk

NEWBURYPORT — The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has selected the artwork of third-grader Jasmine Khatib to adorn its official peace pin that will be distributed at its 22nd annual Walk Against Domestic Violence on Sunday. Jasmine’s artwork was selected from over 50 entries submitted to the “What Peace Means to Me” art contest sponsored by the center.

“‘What Peace Means to Me’ is a community campaign aimed at young people that promotes the idea of peace and hope at an age they are most receptive. It is important that we reach out to them with a message of non-violence,” said Suzanne Dubus, CEO of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, in a press release.

Jasmine, 8, who attends Immaculate Conception School in Newburyport, enjoys horseback riding, gymnastics, karate and loves the beach. She is a resident of Newburyport and lives with sister, Aiya, 6, and her parents, Matt and Karyn Khatib, who own the local jewelry store, MK Benatti. Jasmine’s winning artwork entitled “Peace Fly’s” depicts a butterfly, which represents flying free and being at peace.

The button will be distributed to the participants at the end of the Walk in the Center’s recyclable tote bags that hold an abundance of tchotchkes, coupons and information from local-area businesses. Children can enter the 2014 What Peace Means to Me contest at the Children’s Tent the day of the walk held at Mark Richey Woodworking. The Children’s Tent features activities that stress nonviolence for children and is a part of an effort by the center to connect with families to encourage safe, healthy and peaceful relationships for boys and girls.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is a chance for everyone — victims, survivors, advocates, law enforcement, supporters and political leaders — to unite to end abuse. Youth and community teams are welcomed and encouraged to join us to Walk Against Domestic Violence on Sunday by the windmill at Mark Richey Woodworking, 40 Parker St. Registration for the 3.5-mile walk opens at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Walk participants are encouraged to register online at and track pledges on a personalized fundraising page.

“Tote” Your Message sponsorships are still available. To purchase sponsorship packages visit or contact Kelly Majewski at 978-465-0999, ext. 14.

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