It started out as a chalk and literary arts contest, but “Chalk It Up Against Bullying” on Oct. 12th in downtown Wakefield ended up as a community arts event with meaning.
When registration for the contests proved low, the Coalition invited volunteers, supporters, and families to come anyway and “chalk up the town” with bullying prevention messages, says Coalition Coordinator Susan Orban.
“Even local business owners took chalk in hand,” she laughed.
Thirty-five youth from area schools and another 25 adults created their masterpieces across the town’s sidewalks.
The artists were treated to a Chalk It Up Against Bullying T-shirt, a free slice of pizza and drink at Pier Pizza, and an ice cream cone from Brickley’s. South County Art Supply provided the chalk.
Major thanks to volunteers and our sponsors: Wakefield Village Association, The Friendship Fund, and Centreville Bank.
To see more photos, go to the Coalition’s Facebook here.