Sidewalk Art Jumpstarts New School Year

Chalk The Walks Event Leaves inspiration in Front of Elementary Schools


by Victoria Taylor

ANCHORAGE-"An extra pat on the back, even from a bunch of strangers, I think is gonna go a long way for them," said Sarah Haley while working on a ten block message in front of Lake Hood Elementary School.

Dozens of volunteers left their offices Tuesday to channel their childhoods, grabbing sidewalk chalk and leaving little pieces of inspiration to the students preparing for the new school year as part of the chalk the walks event. 

Some messages were simple, "reach for the stars" or "I like science." One in particular was simply big and bold,"It's a short statement, easy to read, easy to spell so I thought to take up this and I got to it before other people so I thought I'll take my 10 squares and fill them with one large message," said Haley of her "you matter" masterpiece.

Communities nationwide participated in the event, now in its third year in Anchorage.

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