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Peace Museum eyeing Obama’s prize money

world Updated: Oct 28, 2009 00:31 IST

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A fledging museum devoted to the pursuit of peace is hoping its mission is just what President Barack Obama is looking for when he decides what to do with the $1.4 million cash award that comes with his Nobel Peace Prize.

Volunteers and supporters of the Dayton International Peace Museum are writing letters to Obama in hopes of swaying him to make a donation. Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin says city leaders also will reach out to the president. The museum’s founders are also urging state officials to make an appeal.

Obama has said he will travel to Oslo, Norway, to accept the award in December, and plans to donate the cash to charity. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama hasn’t decided which charity will get the money.

Museum officials say they would use the money to expand their peacemaking and conflict-resolution programs in elementary schools and among young first-time offenders and at-risk youth.