Daviess Co. school spreads messages of hope with chalk

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) While western Kentucky students finish their first full week at home and out of class, some students and staff at one Daviess County elementary school are sending uplifting messages to everyone.

“I don’t think we’ve ever done anything like this before,” says Sally Tingle, a teacher at Highland Elementary School. It’s been a while since teachers like her drew on the driveway in front of school.

“Did a little bit of sidewalk chalk when I was growing up, not a lot,” she recalled. But today‚Ķ

“I drew a heart and it said, ‘We love and miss you. Miss Tingle.’ I even gave them a math fact just so they know that we need to stay sharp on our skills,” she said.

It’s one of many messages teachers and students will draw on driveways and sidewalks for their ‘Chalk Cheer’.

“My 9-year-old has a paper at home, she’s planning out what she wants to draw and how she wants to do it,” said Monica Watkins of the Highland Elem. School PTO.

They’ll draw messages of hope, inspiration and support as Highland and other Kentucky schools are closed due to coronavirus concerns.

“It’s one of those things that we hoped it would spark a little bit of excitement, but it just kind of become a brush fire and it’s made it to where the kids feel a sense of excitement about something they can control,” Watkins said.

The messages will be seen from the ground, and from the air via drone video sent to the highland community. They are messages they hope stay with everyone even after the chalk on the ground fades.

“We don’t know when we’re going to see our students again and we are missing them very much, and so appreciative of what the parents are doing to work with them and to help them,” says Tingle.

Drone video courtesy of Unique Perspective Drone Services

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(This story was originally published on March 20, 2020)

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