POINT PLEASANT — Writing with all colors of the rainbow, students and parents brightened the sidewalks of Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School to participate in the annual Chalk the Walk event on Monday.
Each year, residents come out to the sidewalks of the elementary school to draw pictures and write inspirational messages to students when they arrive on the first of school, which was on Tuesday this year.
“We are chalking the walk to have all of our students that are going to come in tomorrow have a positive message they can see so if they are a bit nervous or they just need that little extra positive boost, they can have it,” said Amanda Walsh, co-vice president of the Nellie Bennett PTO.
PTO President Katie Breden said, “It is such a nice way to start the school year. When they are walking up and they see what everyone has done to get them ready and excited for school. To see all the positive encouragement, some kids are nervous to start, and to have the sidewalks all chalked up for them, I feel like that eases the nervousness a little bit.”
The sidewalks were decorated at the entrance of the school, near the bus pick-up and drop-off points and the daycare entrance and exit, all around the entire school property.
Ms. Walsh further said this whole event is to “pump up the kids because that’s what they deserve to have before they start their first day of school.”
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