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December 4, 2012

Promoting peace at home, work, school

Merrimac girl's design wins crisis center contest

MERRIMAC — When 14-year-old Madelyn Nelson took marker in hand, she embraced the idea that peace begins at home.

The result is a peace button that is the winning entry in a “What Peace Means to Me” contest hosted by the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center.

Her submission was chosen from among 75 entries after the public was invited to vote for their favorite entry on Facebook. Her artwork was then reproduced as a pin to promote awareness during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

This is the second time in two years that Madelyn’s submission has won. Madelyn and her twin sister, Jennifer, daughters of Jan and Bob Nelson of Merrimac, are ninth-graders at Pentucket Regional High School and come from a family that believes strongly in the power of peace. Both girls and their father have run in the Dorothy’s Run 5K sponsored by the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center for the last two years.

“One of the activities (before the run) is to have all the kids gather at a table and draw a design about peace, with a winner chosen as the design for the next year’s button. Maddie’s design won two years in a row,” Jan Nelson said.

Maddie says inspiration for this year’s button came directly from the mission of the crisis center.

“The whole idea behind Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is to prevent domestic violence and give peace to the families and victims of domestic violence,” she said. “I drew a globe of the Earth with a border that said,`Peace at home, Peace at work, and Peace at school.’”

Madelyn’s button was distributed to walk participants for the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Walk Against Domestic Violence on Sept. 30. She is receiving a $25 Newburyport Gift Certificate from the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

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