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Ely second-graders spread sunshine downtown

By Staff | Oct 11, 2019

Sue Sitter/PCT Ely second-grader Kendyn Brossart tops his sunshine with a blue sky on the sidewalk in front of the Lyric Theater on Main Avenue.

Khloe Sobolik and her second -graders at Ely Elementary came to an agreement Tuesday morning.

“It was too nice a day to stay inside!” Sobolik said.

They walked a few blocks from their school to Main Avenue to spread some sunshine ahead of a winter storm predicted for later in the week.

“We were trying to think of what we could do outside,” Sobolik continued.

The students brought along brightly colored chalk and sat down on the sidewalk to draw cheerful scenes complete with plenty of sunshine.

“This was our teacher’s idea!” the smiling students said in unison.

“I don’t think so,” said Sobolik.

“It was both our ideas!” the children agreed and giggled.

Adalyn Westphal said she was busy drawing the sun, with lots of rays. She walked from the front of Thrivent Financial to the Lyric Theater, and then moved on to the front of the Merchant’s Bank building to talk to her teacher and a few students there.

“I used a whole thing of yellow chalk!” Westphal said excitedly.

Back near the Thrivent office, student Raymond Green drew a giant orange flower with a green stem on a bed of pink and blue.

“We could do our spelling words with chalk, or this!” Green said.

Some students added words to their pictures to spread positive messages.

“Live well, laugh often, love much,” one girl read to a friend.

Like the chalk on the sidewalk, Tuesday’s warm weather was not to last, but the smiles on the faces of downtown business patrons showed Mrs. Sobolik’s class had indeed spread some sunshine.

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