October is Bullying Awareness Month and one Minnesota mom is spreading kinds like confetti all through words in chalk throughout the Twin Cities and beyond.
Last fall after sending her kindergartener off to school, she stayed outside drawing with chalk with her daughter. The way strangers reacted to the happy notes and drawings later gave Nicki Brunner an idea.
“Sometimes, all a person needs to hear is something uplifting and positive to get through a rough day,” Brunner wrote on her blog MinneMama Adventures.
So Kindness in Chalk was born. The premise is simple. Without being able to go IN to schools to make kids’ days happy, why not make them happy outside. She provides instructions and information on approaching principals and getting permission and how to gather your own group. All one needs is a school, permission and some chalk.
This Friday, October 9, marks the second annual Kindness in Chalk, and a last report shows over 130 schools throughout the United States participating.
A few of St. Michael-Albertville’s schools are all signed up to participate in this Friday’s event. Here’s the info if you want to participate Friday.
Big Woods Elementary:
Parents are invited to participate and chalk on the front sidewalks of Big Woods between 7:45AM-1:45PM
Note: No chalking during AM drop-off or PM pickup. Chalking not allowed in back of school near playground or bus parking.
Parents are invited to park and help add messages during school drop off time from 7:20-7:40 a.m.
St. Michael Elementary:
Parents are invited to come to school at 9:30 a.m. and chalk the front sidewalk. Students will be discussing and adding to the messages with their classrooms throughout the day starting at 10 a.m.
Middle School West:
Students will be taking time to leave chalk messages with their KORT classes Friday.
Middle School East:
Students will have the opportunity to leave chalk messages with their KORT classes Friday.
At this point in time, no known plans are known for Albertville Primary or the High School.
If you can’t participate but want to get involved, chalk donations can be dropped off at each of the schools.