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Timonium Girl Scouts make their mark to contribute to global peace

Girl Scout Daisy Troop 465 members Casey Hunter, top, Sophie Murray, white shirt, Jessie Kingsman, bottom right, and Sarah Sterner, left, draw signs and symbols peace signs, our planet earth as a flower and pink hearts to celebrate International Day of Peace at Pot Springs Elementary.
Girl Scout Daisy Troop 465 members Casey Hunter, top, Sophie Murray, white shirt, Jessie Kingsman, bottom right, and Sarah Sterner, left, draw signs and symbols peace signs, our planet earth as a flower and pink hearts to celebrate International Day of Peace at Pot Springs Elementary. (Photo by Karen Jackson)

Though sidewalk chalk is the most temporary medium an artist can use, a group of Timonium-area Girl Scout Daisies learned a lasting lesson in world peace Friday afternoon during recess at Pot Spring Elementary School.

The Daisies used their recess on Friday — which was the International Day of Peace — to participate in Chalk4Peace, a global chalk art initiative that encourages expressions of goodwill through chalk drawings.

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"We're using our recess time to draw pictures of peace and happiness and being kind to inspire the world about those ideas," said Kimberly Nelson, leader of Daisy Troop 465.

As their classmates bustled around, enjoying one final day of summer before the calendar officially turned to fall, the Daisies covered both the sidewalk and themselves in chalk. The event, however, wasn't exclusive to Scouts.

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"Our girls have encouraged their classmates to join in with them, both the girls and boys," Nelson said.

One drew a cupcake, simply because she liked cupcakes, and flowers because she liked flowers. Others drew pictures of Earth, smiling faces and — with the help of Nelson, who gave a small tutorial on the matter — peace symbols.

Nelson said she found the idea in an online discussion thread in which other Girl Scout leaders brainstormed ideas on how to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

"I thought that it was a really nice opportunity for the girls to participate," she said.

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