Messages of hope on the sidewalk

What’s involved

Involve school staff, students, their families, and community members to write messages of hope on the sidewalks and walking paths in the community to bring hope, joy and love to the school community and beyond. Organizing ‘Chalk The Walk’ events in a community is certain to promote community connectedness and resilience.

  • Provide chalk to school staff, students, and families (if virtual learning is in place arrange chalk package pickups for parents, or they can choose to purchase their own chalk).
  • Talk to students about messages of hope.
  • Encourage school staff, students, families and community members to decorate a safe space on the sidewalk or community trail system (use this as a wellness break for school staff).
  • The lively messages of hope will bring joy to the community and provide a morale booster for anyone who passes by.

Who can deliver it

  • Teachers
  • Support staff
  • School staff
  • Principals
  • Counselors

Time commitment

  • 15 minutes to 1 hour

Resources required

  • Time
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Ideas for messages of hope

Ideal learning environment

  • Long-term virtual learning
  • Short-term virtual learning
  • Summer break
  • Outdoor education
  • Hybrid classroom
  • Traditional classroom

Pictures and/or videos of this health promotion practice being delivered​


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