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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Anti-violence rally planned today

  • Hannibal’s Central Park will be the site of an anti-violence rally today (Thursday, May 1), sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department.
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  • Hannibal’s Central Park will be the site of an anti-violence rally today (Thursday, May 1), sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department.
    This will be the first time the Girl Scouts have staged a Project Anti-Violence Education (PAVE) Rally in Hannibal, according to Charles Bolinger, communications assistant for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.
    “The event takes place intermittently - the last one took place in St. Louis in 2010,” he said. “The PAVE Rally is designed to raise bullying awareness, show support and for the community to come together.”
    The rally is not focused at reaching a certain age group.
    “It is geared for youth of all ages and adults, including parents, siblings and friends,” said Bolinger.
    Snacks, entertainment and anti-violence activities for all ages begin at 5 p.m. The event will conclude with a candlelight ceremony from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    “We are thrilled to bring the Girl Scout presence message of support to Hannibal. People do not have to arrive promptly at 5 p.m.; they can come when they want but we would love for everyone to stay for the candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m.,” said Bolinger, who is hoping that more than 100 people turn out for the rally.
    Along with the Parks Department, representatives of the Hannibal public school district will also be on hand.
    “Girl Scouts already partners with Hannibal Schools on our Transform UR Future (TUF) program, which is part of PAVE, so this rally is a natural extension of that partnership. High school students were involved in planning for this event and a school assistant superintendent will be a guest speaker,” said Bolinger.
    According to Mary Ann St Clair, Job Shadowing/Service in Action/Internship Coordinator at Hannibal High School, the school district has been active in delivering an anti-violence message to students.
    “About 30 HHS students trained in October to present to elementary schools about anti-violence related topics. The students volunteered for a day of training but most of the students are affiliated with the Natural Helpers organization at the high school that works to alleviate problems within the school,” she said. “The students received a curriculum and training through the Girl Scouts on topics such as anger management, cultural diversity, conflict mediation and anti-bullying. They then went to Eugene Field and Mark Twain elementary schools and presented in the classrooms. The event Thursday evening is the big rally to reiterate the message that the students have been receiving.”

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