Chalk the Walk gives D161 students a first-day boost

A message from fourth-grade teacher Ingrid Vann welcomes her students to their first day of class. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
A message from fourth-grade teacher Ingrid Vann
welcomes her students to their first day of class.

(Photos by Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

"Getting off on the right foot" is a cliche for a reason. A good start helps make the journey a success.

Students at Flossmoor District 161 schools were greeted Thursday morning with messages of love and support as part of the annual Chalk the Walk project, an effort to help all students with a positive message for the new school year.

Serena Hills School fourth-grade teacher draws a chalk greeting Wednesday for her students. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  Serena Hills School fourth-
  grade teacher Ingrid Vann
  draws a chalk greeting for
  her students
.
 

Parents, teachers and other community members spent Wednesday afternoon creating colorful, positive and supportive greetings on the sidewalks and playgrounds of the schools. 

At Serena Hills School, Ebonie Hall of Chicago Heights was drawing a greeting for her twins, Madison and Mason.

This was the second year Hall participated in the project. She said the twins were delighted to find the message last year.

"What better day to do it than the first day of school?" she said. "Encouraging words are important in our family."

Ebonie Hall steps back to check her chalk greeting for her twins, Madison and Mason, to see on their first day of fourth grade.
  Ebonie Hall checks her chalk
  greeting for her twins, Madison
  and Mason, to see on their
  first day of fourth grade.


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The message, enclosed in a large heart shape, wished Madison and Mason good luck. 

Nearby, the twins' fourth-grade teacher, Ingrid Vann, drew a message for her new students, "Fourth grade will be Vanntastic" with a star, a heart, two concentric circles and two snowflakes for decoration.

Homewood District 153 students will also receive encouraging words the first day of school, Aug. 21. Families and teachers are invited to Chalk the Walk at district schools on Tuesday, Aug. 20. 
 

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