Nellie Bennett families ‘Chalk the Walk’

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During the annual "Chalk the Walk" event Sept. 6, hosted by the Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, dozens of parents, and even many students and younger siblings, wrote inspirational messages on the sidewalks outside the school that encouraged students to have a great school year. [DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — A rainbow of positive messages greeted the students of Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School Tuesday as they returned to the classroom for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

During the annual “Chalk the Walk” event Sept. 6, hosted by the Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization [PTO], dozens of parents, as well as many 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.

“This is our third year of doing it and I think it is really nice the kids can see these messages coming back to school full time,” said PTO President Noelle Albrink.

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“Some may be a little nervous, not sure of how the year is going to go, so it is nice they can start the first day with an inspiring message. Many of them are really excited to be back in school full time with everybody and so this is just a nice little way to kick off what we hope is going to be a really great school year for them.”

“I think it is a really special thing that everybody comes together to do this for the students so they have a positive message in the morning on the first day of school because it can be a bit of a nerve-wracking day,” added Karla Nedza, PTO first vice president. “It is nice and bright and cheerful and welcoming and I am glad to be a part of it.”

No sidewalk was left untouched Monday evening as Point Pleasant School District families grabbed their red, blue, purple, green and other colored chalks, to writ powerful messages to bolster students’ confidence and smiles on their faces such as “You Got This,” “Make This Year Amazing,” “Don’t Be Nervous Be Happy,” and “It’s A Good Day To Have A Good Day.”

“We did this not last year but the year before when my daughter started kindergarten and they really liked it cause they liked the next morning seeing the messages as they came in so we just like to come do it every year to help make kids smile as they walk in,” said Nicole Capoano, a parent.

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