Nellie F. Bennett school parents ‘Chalk the Walk’

Pam Baechler, from Point Pleasant Borough, drew a sea turtle and wrote the message “Just Keep Swimming” to welcome students back to Nellie F. Bennett Elementary on Wednesday. [DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — Nellie F. Bennett Elementary students returned to school Wednesday with a rainbow of positive messages meeting their every step.

During the first annual “Chalk the Walk” event Sept. 3, hosted by the Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization [PTO], about 70 parents, and even some students and younger siblings, brought out their own boxes of colorful chalk and wrote hundreds of inspirational messages on the sidewalks outside Nellie Bennett to encourage students to succeed this school year.

“I am a teacher and my district started this a couple of years ago and I am new to the PTO so I thought this would be great for Nellie to do,” Secretary Noelle Albrink said.

“I think it is great for them to be able to start their school year o by seeing these good messages. Kids get nervous on the first day, especially the kindergarteners since they are brand new, so maybe just seeing the pictures, seeing some of the words, might make them feel a little bit more at home and will give the older kids something to read as they go in and will overall just be something kind of fun to start the school year.”

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