Missoula Girl Scouts commemorate MLK Jr. Day with peace project


Missoula Girl Scouts commemorate Martin Luther King Day with peace project 1-21-13

MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula Girl Scouts took advantage of a day off from school to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The girls are working for the Girl Scouts' Global Action Award.

If you were downtown Missoula on Martin Luther King Day, you may have seen them. Maybe you even talked to them.

Scouts Melodee Strauch, Kylee McCloney and Jordan McCloney's first stop was the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center.

Dr. King advocated civil rights action through peaceful means.
The  girls learned about his work and about Representative Jeannette Rankin, who voted against both wars.

"They were good role models at seeing something wasn't right in the world," said center director Betsy Mulligan-Dague, "and saying it's up to me to fix it."

The girls walked downtown to meet people on this holiday of peace and positive action. They crossed the Higgins Avenue Bridge and started interviewing anybody they met.

They asked passersby their definition of peace. The girls got lots of good answers.

"Calm," said one woman. "No judgment," said another.

Scout leaders took pictures of people the girls interviewed. They will use the interviews, the notes they took and the photos to put together a peace project. It will be a collage of the interviews, the pictures, mixed with pictures of Gandhi, Rankin and King.

The Girl Scouts will present the project to the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center for display.

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