guerrilla goodness: sidewalk chalk love (it’s back!)

August 31, 2010

photo by the Koshock crew

It’s back!!! You may remember when lots of folks ALL over the country headed out with sidewalk chalk to encourage the kids of their cities on the first day of school. Well, we are doin’ it again and would love to have you join us!

here’s the deal:

1. Grab some bright sidewalk chalk.

2. You head out with friends, family, kids, dogs, grandmothers, artists, whoever…and write positive messges to kids on the sidewalks in front of the elementary schools for the first day of school. Here are some things you can write:

Have a GREAT first day of school!!

It’s going to be a awesome year!

You look fantastic!

We believe in you!

if you want more ideas, check out the pictures of what other people have done here.

3. Go home blissed out with the kindness high!

4. If you are a kindness kid, be super quiet when you are walking to school the next day and everyone around you is talking about the cool art out front… and smile.

5. If you are a Richmonder and want to participate, reach out to your local school administration and send them a link to this post for permission. If just the idea makes you tired or sweat, contact me and I’ll do it for you!

6. If you decide to do this project or blog about it, please leave a comment so we can highlight your kindness work and watch it grow! Don’t forget to send me pictures and I’ll post them or simply add them to our GG Flickr Pool.

Other folks chalkin’ it up:

Everyday Heartbeats

Holton Elementary School- Mrs. Hooker’s First Grade Class
Swansboro Elementary
Munford Elementary
Gordon Elementary
Richmond Montessori
Clover Hill Elementary
Crestwood Elementary
Bellevue Elementary
Legacy Elementary- Ashburn, Va
Montross Middle School

Washington D.C.
Los Angeles
Days Creek, OR

31 Responses to “guerrilla goodness: sidewalk chalk love (it’s back!)”

  1. Lance Says:


    What a great way to provide a extra bit of FUN in that first day back to school!!

  2. dawn Says:

    Wish I had found this 2 weeks ago when my kiddos started back to school but maybe I will put it into practice on a special day. 🙂
    Love your blog!

    • kindnessgirl Says:

      i know!!! so sorry! i’m a little late this year, but we did it late last year too if you are still inspired. i think sometimes the 2nd week of school can be harder when it all settles in.

      heck, chalk love is good any day, right?! thanks for chiming in Dawn!

  3. jeroldssis Says:

    I’m super excited! Tonight is our sidewalk chalk love! Here’s the link to the Facebook Page: Can’t wait to see what everyone’s doing!

  4. Lance pointed this post out to me, and I LOVED it! I did a birthday chalk message for a friend – covering her entire driveway as a surprise – earlier this year. Felt like a kid again!

    I love this idea — chalk on, friends!

  5. Definitely doing it again! We loved it last year in Springfield!

  6. Playing Out Time Says:

    I love this idea!

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  9. Kristin Says:

    Hey Patience,

    Emily & I have got Holton Elementary School covered with people coming Monday afternoon! Love this project!!!

    xo Kristin

  10. the teens and I will be heading out again this year. if anyone wants to join us in Richmond on Sunday, let me know!

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  13. Kelly Says:

    I saw a link to this post from Amie on FB the other day and loved the idea! I put it out to my fellow moms and we’ll be out Monday night at Legacy Elementary in Ashburn, VA. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  14. meghan melvin Says:

    The Melvins will be hitting up Bellvue today!!!

  15. Kristen Says:

    We covered Jennie Dean Elementary, Metz Middle School and Signal Hill Elementary in Manassas.

    My favorites? Your teacher is nice and It’s my first day too!

  16. Kristin Says:

    Hey Patience,

    I think we had about 50 people turn out for our Holton chalk love – a good mix of parents, kids, teachers and even a few community members whose kids aren’t at Holton yet! There’s talk about making it organized every year and adding a potluck meal afterwards. We met at 4pm and, after we were done, a bunch of kids ended up on the playground while grown ups visited. I think it also helped many of us get settled into the idea of going back to school with the opportunity to connect with old friends before the first day.

    Did you all have fun, too? 🙂

    xo K

  17. As you know, we did this again this year, only in our NEW town… the little boys and I forgot to hit their school a week later, but the High School was got! It was pretty fun to go to the school a few days afterward, and see the chalk still on the ground. I sure hope the Janitors don’t mind it. 🙂

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